Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. Bleacher Report has identified Tottenham’s three main targets for January, including Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, Celta Vigo playmaker Brais Mendez and the Frenchman currently thriving in the Bundesliga.
The report also suggests his price-tag, in the region of £50 million, which would certainly stretch Daniel Levy’s notoriously tight pursestrings.
Tottenham fans will undoubtedly be hoping any interest in Upamecano is legitimate, even if the most optimistic fan would have to admit a January deal seems unlikely.
For two reasons. Firstly, Tottenham need to bring in new central defenders. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s futures at the club look to be short-term and Spurs must start considering how they would like to replace the pair.
Secondly, it would seemingly scupper the plans of their main rivals Arsenal. The Gunners have been heavily linked with Upamecano in recent times. As reported by Bild in the summer, Arsenal bid €60 million for the player in the summer but were swiftly told of his €100 million release clause.
Arsenal are still believed to be keen on the player and, as reported by L’Equipe and relayed by Football.London, the centre-back’s release clause will drop to €60 million (£51 million) in the summer of 2020.
So maybe then Tottenham and Arsenal will go at it again for the transfer of a French defender. The Gunners won the battle for Saint-Etienne starlet William Saliba this summer. Tottenham will hope to get the better of their rivals in 2020.