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Man United to return for €40m-rated defensive target next summer

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Dayot Upamecano has been a rock at the back for RB Leipzig

Manchester United to move for Dayot Upamecano next year

According to German publication BILD via Sport Witness (h/t Mirror), Manchester United will rekindle their interest in signing French defender Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig next summer.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a summer move to the Premier League, with a number of clubs, including Manchester United seemingly interested in securing his services. (h/t Mirror)

Upamecano has been on Manchester United's radar
Upamecano has been on Manchester United’s radar

However, the three-cap French international decided to stay put at the Bundesliga outfit and penned a new contract. But that is unlikely to stop Manchester United from making an approach for Upamecano next year, as per the report.

Upamecano has been with RB Leipzig since January 2017. During his time at the Red Bull Arena, the 21-year-old has grown into one of the best young centre-backs in the game.

To date, he has racked up 117 appearances for the club, scoring three goals in the process. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Manchester United’s defence ended the previous season strongly but has been all over the place this term. The 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday laid bare the problems at the back.

Harry Maguire Victor Lindelof
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have struggled in the new season

However, the 20-time English champions decided to end the transfer window without strengthening the centre-back department.

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A move for Upamecano could, however, be on the cards next summer. The Frenchman will be available for €40m next summer, with Liverpool and Manchester City also keeping tabs on him. (h/t Mirror)

It was a rather poor transfer window for Manchester United. That coupled with the results on the field will have affected the confidence in the dressing room. So it remains to be seen how they recover from their capitulation against Tottenham.