Report: Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano could reject Arsenal move

A dejected Unai Emery the head coach

Arsenal reportedly want to sign RB Leipzig's Bundesliga powerhouse Upamecano but Europa League football will restrict Unai Emery's budget.

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig reacts during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and RB Leipzig at Weserstadion on May 18, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Arsenal want to sign Dayot Upamecano this summer but ESPN points out that the RB Leipzig defender has little interest in playing in the Europa League.

The Gunners’ defensive deficiencies were brutally exposed once again in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday night with Unai Emery’s side ripped to pieces by an Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea during the second half, losing 4-1 to their London rivals.


As a result, Arsenal will be playing in Europe’s second-tier competition again next season with their failure to secure Champions League qualification likely to restrict Emery’s transfer budget to around £45 million, according to Goal.

This could price Arsenal out of a deal for the highly-rated Upamecano, who himself appears to have reservations about swapping Leipzig for North London.

Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (L) and Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano vie for the ball during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) Final football match RB Leipzig v FC...

The Frenchman is set to play Champions League football in 2019/20 after Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga so why would he throw this away in favour of a move to the Emirates?

The 20-year-old, who is under contract until 2021, was a key part of a Leipzig defence who conceded fewer goals than any other Bundesliga side last season.

Mario Goetze of Borussia Dormtund and Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Red Bull Arena on January 19,...

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