Dayot Upamecano has poured cold water on speculations that he could be set for a transfer to Manchester United and insists he remains fully ‘focused’ on playing for RB Leipzig for the time being.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a centre-back with pace to make up for Harry Maguire’s lack of mobility and has allegedly identified Upamecano as his priority target in this position.
The 21-year-old ace is regarded as one of the finest young centre-halves in European football and his performances in last season’s UCL, most notably his outstanding display versus Atletico Madrid, made sides across the continent sit up and take notice.
And despite Dayot putting pen to paper on a three-year extension with Die Roten Bullen in July, the Frenchman’s camp were given permission to talk to rival clubs over a possible departure from the Bundesliga side.
However, in a TV interview with Telefoot’s Culture Foot programme this week, Dayot appeared to commit his short-term future to Leipzig in spite of strong interest from Europe’s elite.
‘For the moment I am with Leipzig but it is true that I was able to discuss with certain clubs,’ Upamecano said.
‘As I said, for now I am focused on Leipzig and I will continue to play for Leipzig and then we’ll see. You never know what can happen in a football season.’
In other news, Porto and Brazil defender Alex Telles is pushing for a move to Manchester United, according to the latest reports.