Manchester United have made it clear that they intend to bid for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next summer.
The 22-year-old was extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford in the window just gone, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explored the possibility of upgrading at centre-back.
Ultimately, the United boss opted to stick with his options, but defensive calamities in the early weeks of the season have made that move a priority once again.
German news outlet SportBILD (via Sport Witness) have claimed that United, Man City and Real Madrid have all ‘pledged their interest’ in signing Upamecano.
The Frenchman signed a new contract with Leipzig, but one that does include a €45million release clause.
That price will be available from next summer, meaning clubs across Europe will bide their time before trying to sign him.
The report adds that the three clubs have made it very clear to the Bundesliga side that bids will be coming in for one of their most prized assets.
Upamecano has come in for some criticism this season for below-par performances, including in their 5-0 demolition by United at Old Trafford.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann said he has areas to improve upon and now needs to take “the next step” for his career.
"The mistakes he's making are all starting the same way," Nagelsmann said earlier this month. "He wants to pass the ball to the attackers right away once he's won it. That simply does not work all the time.
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"I can see a learning curve. Against Hertha, we've had similar situations, the same at the start of the second half against Gladbach, where we end up defending one against two players.
"He has to recognise when he can play the ball forward and when not. He is used to playing the ball forward fast to create a counter-attack.
"He grew up like this during his first year at Leipzig, when this was the main tactic. Now the next step has to come."
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