£30m Dayot Upamecano deal would start Southampton's new era perfectly amid reported interest

8th December 2018, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales; EPL Premier League football, Cardiff City versus Southampton; Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager of Southampton

Premier League strugglers Southampton could reportedly reunite Ralph Hasenhuttl with his former RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

Ralph Hasenhuttl the coach of RB Leipzig during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AS Monaco and RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on November 21, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger had claimed that he was unlikely to invest much in new players during the January transfer window (Daily Echo) – but it remains to be seen whether he will change his approach now with Ralph Hasenhuttl at the helm.

The Saints appear to have pulled off a real coup luring the well-regarded former RB Leipzig coach to St Mary’s with the South Coast club having won just one Premier League game all season.

 

Hasenhuttl, whose high-octane, fast-pressing side could hardly be more different from that of his predecessor Mark Hughes, will surely be hoping to shape the squad in his own image as he aims to lead Southampton away from danger.

And breaking their transfer record for a powerful and potentially world-class centre-back would certainly be the sort of statement that would get supporters, and Southampton’s relegation rivals, sitting up and taking notice.

Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano (R) and Schalke's Argentinian forward Franco di Santo vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 v...

According to The Mirror (live blog, 3.46am), Hasenhuttl wants to reunite with his former Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, despite the fact that the France U21 international is valued at £30 million – £11 million more than current record signing Guido Carrillo.

The former Red Bull Salzburg youngster is one of Europe’s hottest defensive prospects and has been a regular in a Leipzig side with the best defensive record in the Bundesliga as things stand.

Hasenhuttl was far from impressed as his Saints side conceded chance after chance in the 3-1 midweek defeat at Spurs while Jannick Vestergaard’s horror-show gifted Cardiff the win on Saturday. Clearly, a quality centre-back is a must and Upamecano is exactly that.

Dayot Upamecano of Leipzig runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena on November 11, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

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