Report: Arsenal receive huge transfer boost in Upamecano chase

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Arsenal have been linked to a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano for some time now and it seems they may now be able to get their man this summer.

Previously a valuation in excess of £50million has left Arsenal baulking at the young defenders asking price, but now it appears Leipzig may well be willing to let him leave for less. A report from German outlet Bild (via Metro) says the club will consider bids of £35million.

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This move from the German club may be to attract interest from foreign clubs like Arsenal, as they are unlikely to want to sell to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.

Earlier this year, I wrote about how Upamecano would be the perfect signing for Arsenal.

The deal is there to be made, as previous reports have suggested Upamecano favours a move to the Premier League. If Arsenal make a significant signing this summer then you would presume it would be a move to strengthen their defence and possibly midfield. Dayot ticks all the boxes and for his age, would represent a good investment at that price.

With one year left on his contract, the player will surely move this summer and Arsenal as a destination seems very possible.

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However the Gunners will need to shift some central defenders. Pablo Mari could be made permanent, whilst William Saliba will be returning and the club have Sokratis, David Luiz, Rob Holding and Skhodran Mustafi already at the club.

If it was my decision, I would loan out Holding, sell Sokratis and Mustafi and sign Mari and Upamecano to leave Saliba, Luiz, Upamecano and Mari at the clubs four central defensive options.

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