Speaking exclusively to German outlet Sport1, football agent Volker Struth has claimed that Man City among others face a ‘difficult situation‘ in landing defensive target Dayot Upamecano in the summer transfer window – going on to state that ‘large transfers‘ will not take place, but mainly loan deals.
Upamecano has recently been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium as director of football Txiki Begiristain reportedly battles the likes of Bayern Munich for his signature, but the player’s agent has now revealed that it is unlikely the Frenchman will move this summer.
A previous report from Bild journalist Christian Falk claimed that Upamecano’s price tag had dropped from €60 million (£52.6 million) to just €40 million (£35 million) – with City and Real Madrid, at least according to the Mirror, looking ‘most likely‘ to challenge front-runners Bayern to his signature.
Would Upamecano be a brilliant signing for £35 million?
Absolutely, Txiki needs to prioritise him
No, better centre-back options exist
However, Struth has now revealed that large transfers, including Upamecano, look unlikely to happen – with the ‘difficult situation‘ surrounding Covid-19 bringing any huge transfer endeavours into question.
Described as a ‘man-mountain‘ in a recent piece by Bundesliga, the 21-year-old colossus has also been likened to Marcel Desailly – but now this latest update from his agent has potentially shut the door on any interest from the Sky Blues.
Injuries to star defender Aymeric Laporte have forced us to draft Fernandinho in a centre-back role, debatably leaving us exposed in midfield, while the inconsistent form of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones has also been a concern.
Landing Upamecano could’ve potentially been good business from our point of view, but after his agent’s comments, the move is looking less likely to happen.