According to a report from Bild journalist Christian Falk, Man City could be boosted significantly in the hunt to sign RB Leipzig stalwart Dayot Upamecano as the defender’s price tag drops down to €40 million (£34.9 million) amid the global pandemic.
Upamecano, who has been a mainstay for the Bundesliga outfit this season, starting 21 German top flight games, is currently rumoured to be exiting Leipzig as Bayern Munich consider swooping for the colossus.
As well as Bayern, detailed in a past Mirror report, City and Real Madrid would appear ‘most likely‘ to challenge the Bavarian giants for his signature – with RB allegedly taking the decision to lower his €60 million (£52.4 million) to just £34.9 million.
Should Man City pounce to sign Upamecano?
Do it, the price has dropped
No, there are better options
This could detail a significant boost from the Sky Blues’ point of view, especially when considering the current precariousness surrounding the transfer market, with manager Pep Guardiola potentially on the look out for any worthy defensive additions who can bolster his back line.
City have also been linked with Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in recent weeks, but given the Senegalese international’s lofty €100 million (£87 million) asking price, we may be better suited looking at Upamecano as a potential alternative.
Likened to French footballing icon Marcel Desailly in a piece by Bundesliga, Upamecano has certainly impressed critics with his performances during Leipzig’s title challenge this season, and the stats back up his showings.
According to WhoScored, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are the only City players to have made more tackles on average this season over Upamecano – potentially highlighting he would be a solid addition at centre-half.
Whether or not we decide to swoop for the player remains to be seen, but the Sky Blues could have a bargain opportunity.