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12.02.2021 Football Transfers

Bayern Munich confirm the signing of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig

By Eurosport
Bayern Munich confirm the signing of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig
LISTEN FEB 12, 2021

Bayern Munich have won the race for Dayot Upamecano, with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming a deal has been struck to sign the defender from RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old France international is one of the most highly-rated defenders in Europe, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United holding an interest in a player who has a release clause of €42.5 million (£38m/$52m).

Bayern have been on the lookout for a new defensive option, with David Alaba set to leave the club when his contract expires in the summer.

The Bavarians confirmed their interest in January, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying Upamecano was a player on their radar.

From the moment Bayern confirmed their interest, they became favourites to sign the central defender and it appears they have acted quickly to strike a deal.

Salihamidzic told Bild on Friday that a deal had been struck, and that Upamecano would be heading to the Allianz Arena on a five-year contract.

"I can confirm that Dayot Upamecano will join FC Bayern," Salihamidzic told Bild. "We had very good, intense and professional discussions over many months.

"At the end of a long process the player, family and management were convinced that FC Bayern is the right partner for the future."

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