Bayern Munich are keen on signing Dayot Upamecano and Hansi Flick has reportedly already spoken to the RB Leipzig defender over a potential summer move.
The 22-year-old is contracted to Leipzig until 2023, but can leave in the summer as Bayern can activate his release clause which is set to be worth around 42.5 million euros.
And now, according to German magazine Kicker, Flick has already spoken with Upamecano, and no long-winded negotiations with Leipzig will be needed.
The news comes days after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge officially confirmed the club’s interest in the Frenchman. The Bayern CEO stated that a potential deal for Upamecano would most likely happen in the summer, not January.
“We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle,” Rummenigge said, “on the positions where we want to do and have to do something.”
Can Upamecano replace Alaba?
Reports claim Upamecano will decide by mid-February what his future plans are, and if he does decide to join Bayern, he would be a solid replacement for David Alaba.
Alaba’s contract expires in the summer, and he is almost certain to leave the club, with Real Madrid leading the race to sign him.
The future of Jerome Boateng is also up in the air, and Bayern will need to bring in top-notch defensive reinforcements to replace the pair, if they leave.
Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea have been linked with the centre-back in the past. But Flick’s side look to be in pole position to sign the Leipzig man.
“Upamecano could leave when the season ends”
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann was asked for his thoughts on Bayern Munich’s public declaration of interest in Upamecano.
Nagelsmann admitted at the start of the season that he wasn’t sure if Upamecano would stay at the club beyond the end of the current campaign. But the comments made by Rummenigge had the 33-year-old admitting that his star player could leave.
“It is clever if you want to cause trouble,” Nagelsmann admitted. “But nobody is getting restless with us now.
“We know what the contractual situation with Upa looks like. And we know that we like to have him with us, but we also know how the mechanisms are in football.
“He’s a very fine person who takes things in and wants to improve and has his heart in the right place. He will also perform better and be more focused than against Union.”
Leipzig are Bayern’s closest rivals on the league table this season, but a loss to FSV Mainz 05 over the weekend and Bayern’s 4-0 win over Schalke has seen the defending champions increase their lead by seven points at the top of the Bundesliga table.