Upamecano ‘wants to leave’ Leipzig this summer but ‘could still extend contract’

Dayot Upamecano wants to leave RB Leipzig in the upcoming transfer window but if a move to the right kind of club doesn’t seem likely this summer, he will consider signing a contract extension with the German club, according to L’Equipe via Get French Football News.

The 21 year old doesn’t want to move to one of Europe’s top clubs where he would be a fourth or fifth choice centre back. He wants to sign for a good European club where he can continue to develop his game and be a regular in the first team. Ideally, the French defender would like to sign for a club that will play in next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Upamecano. The North London club are believed to have had a £55 million bid for the defender rejected by RB Leipzig last summer. The player has one year remaining on his deal and is likely to be available for a lower fee considering the global financial climate due to the pandemic. 

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff recently said that he expects to find an agreement with Upamecano to extend his contract and keep him at the club without being at risk of losing him for free next year. It is thought that the German club are looking to strike a deal with the player that is similar to the one they found with Timo Werner last year. 

On Upamecano’s future, the RB Leipzig CEO said:

“I assume that he will also play for us next season. We are in good talks to find a solution to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer next year. It worked out with Timo Werner, and I assume that we will do our homework with regard to Dayot as well.”

Werner had one year remaining on his contract last summer but signed a new deal so that Leipzig would get a transfer fee for his services when he eventually departed the club. The German attacker recently agreed to move to Chelsea in the summer for a fee of around £48 million. 

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