Footy Extras

Liverpool move into pole position for in-demand RB Leipzig star

Liverpool have allegedly moved ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United in the race to land RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next year.

The highly-rated 21-year-old defender was heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford during the recent transfer window, but the Red Devils ultimately put their interest on hold in order to pursue other players.

Upamecano has a release clause in his deal at Leipzig which will allow him to leave Die Roten Bullen for around £40m next summer, prompting a clamour for his signature between some of the continent’s top teams.

Manchester United and Liverpool had been leading the hunt, but Spanish news outlet Todofichajes states that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit have now moved to the front of the queue.

Both sides have already conceded 11 goals in this season’s PL, with their defensive requirements being exposed as the Red Devils shipped six goals and the Reds seven last time out.

Dayot has emerged as one of the most coveted defensive players in Europe and Upamecano is widely expected to leave the German outfit next summer, despite only signing a new five-year contract with Leipzig in July.

However, the latest reports have suggested that the former RB Salzburg ace will only consider signing for a Champions League club.

Elsewhere, Harry Wilson has signed for Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal.

The Wales international, who made his first senior start for the Reds against Arsenal earlier this month, will spend the 2020-21 term with the Championship club having completed a temporary move on Friday.