Bayer Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed their interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as well as competitions from Chelsea and Liverpool.
The 22-year-old centre-back has attracted a lot of attention with his commanding performances at Leipzig in the last few seasons.
Aside from his obvious potential as a young defender, what makes him very attractive for a lot of big clubs is his release clause.
As confirmed by his agent Volker Struth, Upamecano has a €42.5million (£38m) release clause in his contract with Leipzig.
“The release clause was agreed because the player decided to want to take the next step at some point. It is very likely in the summer,” Struth told Sport1 on Monday.
Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool in race to sign Upamecano
Unsurprisingly, Bayern who are likely going to lose Alaba in the summer sees Upamecano as a target.
“In addition to Bayern Munich, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested [in Upamecano],” Bayern chief Rummenigge told Sky Germany.
“The fact is that the player is interesting — we will almost certainly lose David Alaba in that position.”
Rummenigge is confident about securing the transfer despite competitions from Chelsea and Liverpool due to their relationships with Leipzig and Upamecano’s representative Struth.
“You have to let things grow in peace. We have a good relationship with Mr Struth. The player will know what he wants at some point,” he added.
“We have a good relationship with RB Leipzig as well. I have had a conversation with Oliver Mintzlaff. When things become concrete, we’ll talk again.
“The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba.”
At the moment, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has plenty of options for the centre-back positions.
The situation could easily change in the summer, however, considering Thiago Silva is already 36 and his contract ends at the end of the season.
Chelsea might also need a replacement for Fikayo Tomori should AC Milan decide to activate the reported £26m option to buy in his loan deal.
Like Bayern, Chelsea seem to have a good relationship with Leipzig, with their CEO Mintzlaff previously describing their negotiations with Chelsea over Timo Werner as “very respectful, fair and constructive”.