Arsenal have received a major boost in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano, with RB Leipzig prepared to sell the defender for a cut-price fee at the end of the campaign.
Upamecano was identified as a potential replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer – after the veteran centre-half forced a move to Bordeaux – but the Gunners eventually had to settle for David Luiz.
The club reportedly only turned to Luiz after failing with a £55million offer for Dayot and the highly-promising 20-year-old ace remains firmly on Unai Emery’s radar.
Football Leaks revealed the previous year that Upamecano’s contract at Leipzig has a €100m exit clause which reduces by €20m every year.
Therefore, interested sides would have had to spend €60m (£52m) to land the player next summer.
According to Kicker, though, Leipzig are prepared to accept a lower sum for Upamecano to remove the risk of losing him for free when his contract expires in June of 2021.
Arsenal have already shown that they’re willing to stretch to £55 million for Dayot, a player they feel has the potential to be the bedrock of their defence for the next 12 years.
Though Leipzig had initially been interested in tying Upamecano down with a new long-term deal, the club are now resigned to losing the youngster.
Upamecano has his heart set on a transfer away from Leipzig and would be ready to force his way out of the club.