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Arsenal-linked £53m man deemed ‘strong, fast and aggressive’, plenty of years ahead of him

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Arsenal-linked £53m man deemed ‘strong, fast and aggressive’, plenty of years ahead of him

Reported Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been praised by RB Leipzig teammate Dani Olmo, in conversation with Goal.com.

Upamecano is one of the most sought-after defenders in world football at the moment and the fact his contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season makes him even more appealing to potential suitors.

According to Bild, the 21-year-old is available for around £53million in the summer transfer window and so far he has refused to extend his current deal with RB Leipzig, with Arsenal said to be keen on the centre-back after previously failing to sign him.

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In October last year, the Gunners were deemed to be frontrunners for the Frenchman’s signature along with AC Milan (Calciomercato), but since then, numerous other clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham, have been linked with his services (The Mirror).

Upamecano is also said to be on the wishlists of both Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, both clubs reportedly interested in bolstering their defensive ranks this summer (Sky Sports).

 

“I love that player,” Olmo told Goal.com about Upamecano. “I first met him in the Euro Under-21 semi-final and I realised he’s a strong, fast and aggressive player, very hard to beat, and he’s young like me – we were both born in 1998.

“He isn’t just a player for the future, but also for the present.”

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Aside from the plaudits sent Upamecano’s way – the legendary Lothar Matthaus called him a “huge player” – the France Under-21 defender’s displays have often spoken for themselves, in particular his shutout of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the goalless draw between the two sides earlier this year.

A big, strong centre-back with explosive pace and superb reading of the game, it’s unsurprising to see the Premier League’s top sides all linked with him, and given how much interest there seems to be in him, not to mention the fact he isn’t expected to let his contract run down, there could well be a bidding war this summer.

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