Upamecano had reportedly agreed a deal with Manchester Untied on transfer deadline day, only for a report in La Voix Du Nord to claim that he was still signed with Valenciennes.
As claimed in the report, there were undefined administration issues that prevented the 16-year-old central defender leaving his homeland in January, although it is still expected that he will move to England in the summer, with United’s interest remaining.
However, they will now face competition from Arsenal, with the Mirror indicating that Arsene Wenger is attempting to rush through a £1 million deal for the young defender before the transfer window opens. Admittedly, he will not be allowed to move to the Premier League until the summer, but a deal can be agreed at any time to steal his signature from the Red Devils.
With both clubs battling it out for the French youth international, Valenciennes arguably hold all the cards in the transfer for Upamecano, and they should realistically be able to set the asking price for the youngster. However, a new claim in L’Equipe - quoted by Sport Witness - has indicated that Valenciennes are close to administration, and must raise €2 million before June to ensure their future.
This hands all the power to the buying clubs, and Arsenal and United will be able to secure Upamecano for a smaller price that was originally asked, as Valenciennes sell off their prize assets to make any profit.