Manchester United are reportedly ready to make their move on RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano next summer as they look to bolster their defence.
The report claims that Upamecano has a release clause in his Leipzig contract that would allow him to leave the club next summer for a fee of £38m. He signed a new contract with Leipzig earlier this year, with the release clause coming into effect at the end of the season.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
If there is a set release clause for Upamecano and both clubs are willing to pay it, it could just come down to who Upamecano would rather sign for. There are a multitude of factors that then come into play; the manager, the other players, the location, the competitions the team will be playing in. For example, Manchester United could fail to qualify for the Champions League this season and that could be a big factor for Upamecano – if Liverpool finish in the top four again.
Liverpool won the Premier League last season, whilst Manchester United have not won a title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This could be a reason as to why Upamecano is better off deciding to move to Anfield instead of Old Trafford, with success appearing more likely on Merseyside given recent years. The Reds also have Jurgen Klopp in charge, who has been able to help Virgil van Dijk become one of the best centre-backs in world football – winning PFA Premier League Player of the Year in 2018/19 and being named in the PFA Team of the Year for the last two seasons. Upamecano, who is a centre-back of course, could see this and think that Klopp can help him to a similar degree.
In terms of wages, it is impossible to tell who would be able to offer the Frenchman more money. However, if Upamecano looks at it in purely footballing terms, Liverpool does appear to be the better move for him on paper if he wants to progress his career and reach the peak of his potential.