Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has confirmed he’s held talks with interested clubs to leave the Bundesliga side this summer.
The defender is one of the hottest prospects in world football and his performances on Leipzig’s run to the Champions League semi-finals caught the eyes of Europe’s elite.
Upamecano extended his contract with Leipzig in July but the deal was a relatively short one, running until 2023.
There is believed to be a release clause in the deal that allows Upamecano to leave for just over £40m and the defender has confirmed he’s held talks with several unnamed clubs about leaving Leipzig.
‘I extended in Leipzig, because I feel good with my team-mates and my coach. I’m good at Leipzig,’ said Upamecano.
‘It’s true that I’m in great demand. I speak with clubs, but I’m in no rush. and we’ll see what happens in the future.’
At 21, there are doubts that Upamecano is ready to step into the first team and become a regular alongside Maguire.
Secondly some members of the board feel Upamecano would improve more with another season in Germany, when the club could then activate his release clause and sign him for a cheaper fee.