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Bayern win race to sign Leipzig defender Upamecano

  • Published at 12:21 pm February 13th, 2021
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Dayot Upamecano

Bayern sports director Salihamidzic told Bild he could confirm the transfer of the 22-year old Upamecano

France defender Dayot Upamecano will join Bayern Munich from Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig next season, according to reports Friday.

Both magazine Kicker and daily Bild say Bayern will pay 43m euros ($52m) to activate the buy-out clause in Upamecano's Leipzig contract, which runs until 2023.

European champions Bayern appear to have fought off competition from Liverpool and Chelsea, who also wanted to sign the center-back.

Upamecano will replace David Alaba, 28, who is set to leave Bayern when his contract expires in June after repeatedly turning down extension offers.

The Germans, who also twice hit the woodwork, won all domestic and European titles they competed for in 2020 and are the first team to match Barcelona's sextuple from 2009

Posted by Sports Tribune on Thursday, 11 February 2021

Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic told Bild he could confirm the transfer of the 22-year old Upamecano.

Salihamidzic said the transfer details were finalized while Bayern were in Qatar where they beat Tigres in Thursday's Club World Cup final to claim a sixth title in the last year.

Upamecano started on the bench in Friday's Bundesliga match at home to Augsburg, but Leipzig sports director Markus Kroesche stopped short of confirming the transfer.

He insisted that Upamecano was rested because of Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg tie against Liverpool in Budapest.

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