Liverpool leading race to sign 21-year-old France international

There was a feeling that Liverpool and Man United might be looking to improve the centre of their back-line this summer, and recent events have only made that look like a bigger need.

Alex Telles will only manage to improve the back-line a little bit from left-back so a new defender is an urgent need, while Reds might be nervous about their current options after being spanked by Aston Villa at the weekend.

Dayot Upamecano was touted as a key target for both clubs over the past few months so it was a surprise to see him sign a new deal at RB Leipzig, but a report from has explained the reasoning behind that.

Dayot was set to be available for free next summer but he signed a new deal to ensure the Red Bulls would get something for him when he goes, and the new deal allowed him to reduce his release clause to €40m.

Upamecano’s quick, aggressive, solid in back-line and comfortable on the ball, so he’s exactly what every team wants in their defenders just now. It’s likely that there will be a lot of interest in him next summer so interesting teams might need to start laying the groundwork now, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.