Reported Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano is believed to have been made a number one priority by a Premier League rival, according to The Mirror.
The Sun have previously suggested that the 21-year-old defender could be the subject of Tottenham’s interest, after Jose Mourinho was spotted at RB Leipzig’s match against Bayern Munich earlier this month.
With Jan Vertonghen’s Tottenham contract expiring at the end of the season and the overall defensive performances not particularly rock solid this term, Spurs could potentially find themselves in the market for a new central defender in the summer.
Along with Tottenham’s reported interest, North London arch-rivals Arsenal have also been linked with the centre-back’s services (Daily Mail) as Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta is also seemingly looking to bolster his side’s defensive ranks, which have been an issue this season.
However, The Mirror now claims that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is looking to overhaul his team’s defence and has made Upamecano his number one target.
The Blues have kept just seven clean sheets in 39 games in all competitions this term, and Lampard was reportedly shocked with how easy Bayern Munich found it against his side’s back line.
Upamecano has made 19 Bundesliga appearances this season for Leipzig, playing the full 90 minutes in each game since coming back from a knee injury against Werder Bremen on 21 September (Transfermarkt).
It looks as though there could be a London tussle for the services of Upamecano this summer, and the player would be a huge boost to any of those three sides’ back lines.
The 21-year-old boasts a big presence, aerial ability and pace, and there is no doubting his importance to a side just one point behind Bayern in the Bundesliga table.
Upamecano – valued at around £50million (The Express) – has emerged as one of Europe’s top young defensive prospects along with teammate Ibrahima Konate, and it is thought the club will do well to keep him beyond the summer.