Report: Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano refuses to extend Leipzig contract

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Fans of Premier League underacheivers Arsenal loved what they saw from Upamecano in RB Leipzig's Champions League triumph over Zenit.

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and RB Leipzig on November 5, 2019 at Gazprom Arena in St....

There is a ‘zero per cent’ chance of Dayot Upamecano signing a new contract at RB Leipzig, according to Bild, with Arsenal keen to bring the France U21 star to the Premier League at the earliest opportunity.

Upamecano has been linked with a move to the Emirates since all the way back in 2016, when he allegedly turned down the North London giants in the hope that Barcelona would come calling (Sport).

Almost four years on, the 21-year-old powerhouse is back on the radar with The Sun claiming that Unai Emery’s side are planning a bid of £40 million in the January transfer window.

 

Arsenal saw an offer in the region of £50 million turned down over the summer but, with Upamecano’s contract set to expire in 2021, the Premier League giants obviously feel that Leipzig could be railroaded into selling one of their prized assets at a cut price fee.

The Bundesliga high-flyers certainly find themselves in a rather unenviable position – one Arsenal fans who remember unseemly transfer sagas involving the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are more than familiar with.

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.

Bild claims that Upamecano is refusing to extend his contract (there is a ‘zero per cent’ chance of a new deal) and he has even refused Leipzig’s attempts to remove a £70 million buy-out clause which is due to come into effect at the end of the season.

Whatever happens, Arsenal will have to pay big but The Gunners have no real choice if they want to strengthen a defence which looks more vulnerable than ever.

Upamecano showcased his blend of pace, power and positioning during Leipzig’s 2-0 Champions League win at Zenit St Petersburg in midweek – a performance which left Arsenal fans blown away by his potential.

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig (L) and Sardar Azmoun of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group G match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and RB...

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