The talented French defender has ignored interest from several Premier League clubs to join the German giants.
Bayern Munich has confirmed that they have agreed to a deal to sign Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig according to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The Bavarian giants will pay the €42.5 million (£37m/$51m) release clause to land the French international who will sign with Bayern for five years.
Salihamidzic just confirmed to Bild that Dayot Upamecano has reached an agreement with Bayern Münich on personal terms: “I can confirm, we’re very happy!” 🔴
The deal will be signed and completed in the coming months, when the release clause [€42.5m] will be paid to RB Leipzig.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 12, 2021
Premier League clubs in Liverpool and Chelsea were linked with Upamecano, but the 22-year-old has opted against a move abroad to sign with Bayern and stay in Germany.
Bayern beat off stiff competition for Upamecano
Speaking to Bild, Salihamidzic was asked if he could confirm that Bayern had agreed a deal for Upamecano to which he replied:
“I can do that, and we are very happy about it at FC Bayern.
“We had very good, intensive and professional discussions with Dayot and his advisor Volker Struth for many months. We knew that we had very strong competition.
“Upamecano is a young player, 22, whose qualities have already developed extraordinarily. I was always convinced that we had presented a good concept.
“We presented him with our vision of his career at Bayern. During the past week in Doha I had further talks with everyone involved. At the end of a long process, the players, family and management were convinced that FC Bayern was the right club.
“Dayot Upamecano will play for Bayern for the next five years.”
It has been no secret that Bayern was interested in Upamecano and now they have finally got their man as what looks like a replacement for the departing David Alaba.
🚨 BREAKING: Dayot Upamecano will join Bayern Munich on a five-year contract 🤝
Director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed to Bild: “We are very happy about this at Bayern.
“We knew we had very strong competition. We presented him with our vision of his career at Bayern.” pic.twitter.com/HcveepxeDh
— Goal (@goal) February 12, 2021
Bayern continues their tradition of poaching the best players from around the Bundesliga and they have significantly strengthened their defensive stocks.