According to a report from Sempre Milan, Arsenal have jumped ahead of the pack in the race to land in-demand defender, Dayot Upamecano.
The report, which takes quotes from Tuttosport, claims the Gunners have moved in front of AC Milan to now lead the chase to sign the defender.
Upamecano is currently playing for RB Leipzig but has a release clause in his contract worth around £54m. However, recent reports from Germany and the club have claimed Leipzig may accept less than that figure to move their man on.
Furthermore, Leipzig supremo, Oliver Mintzlaff, has said the defender will either have to sign a new deal or be sold.
That, coupled with reports from Italy today, suggest the Gunners are in a good slot when it comes to landing the defender.
The 21-year-old has made 33 appearances across all competitions this season. A French under-21 international, Upamecano is widely expected to go on and win a number of caps for the senior national team.
The saga continues but Arsenal do need a defender, they should go all out – TBR View
Arsenal have simply got to address their defensive needs with someone who is going to perform well and be there for the long haul.
In Upamecano, they could get that exact player. He certainly appears to have all the qualities needed to succeed and with a bit of luck, could be the main man at the back for the Gunners for years to come.
As always, though, the money will talk. It’s good news that Arsenal appears to be leading the chase. The crunch, however, will come when it’s time to stump up the cash. Mikel Arteta, then, will be hoping for some backing!