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Leipzig set to hold onto Upamecano until the summer

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RB Leipzig are not considering selling their centre-back Dayot Upamecano this transfer window even though he could leave in the summer for a relatively smaller fee, according to The Guardian.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has a release clause worth £37.4 million that comes into effect this summer, and he has been linked with almost every elite European club this season. 

Several clubs have inquired whether a January deal would be possible. However, with Julian Nagelsmann’s team actively involved in the Bundesliga title race, as they are two points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and about to face Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16, they are in no position to consider selling their central defender halfway through the season.

Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on signing the Frenchman. Liverpool currently have Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines and have to bolster their squad. Chelsea have to find someone to take over from Thiago Silva and United need a better centre-half than the ones they currently have.

European heavyweights Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen to land him this summer. Upamecano arrived from Red Bull Salzburg in 2017 and has played almost 90 Bundesliga games for Leipzig. He made his debut for France last year.

Leipzig are also considering a potential replacement for Upamecano, with RC Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan among the top targets.

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