Bayern Munich face tough competition for prime defensive target

Hasan Salihamidzic will have his work cut out if he wants to land Bayern Munich's top target. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic will have his work cut out if he wants to land Bayern Munich's top target. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich will have to fight competition from Premier League for promising young defender.

Bayern Munich remains ambitious with the squad planning despite winning the treble last season. The German Champions have been improving the defense in the last two summers. This department of the squad is likely to be further enhanced during the next summer transfer window.

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is reportedly one of the top transfer targets for Die Roten next summer. The French defender has been delivering good performances in the Bundesliga for some time now. Last season, he shone in the Champions League too, as Leipzig reached the semi-finals of the competition.

The latest update from Germany regarding Upamecano’s transfer is not promising for Bayern. According to SportBild, Die Roten face competition from top English clubs for the signature of Upamecano. This report also insists that the German club will have to act quickly to win the race for the French defender.

SportBild also reports that Rekordmeister has initiated contact with the entourage of Upamecano. There is not going to be a bidding war for Upamecano since there is a release clause of €45 million in his contract. He will end up at a club that can successfully meet his sporting and financial demands.

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The French defender is one of the best in his age group. His ability on the ball and astute defending makes him a typical modern central defender. However, he does have the tendency to make silly errors that can be easily magnified at a big club.

For the reported release clause, Upamecano is a no brainer for any top club in Europe. The Frenchman is only 22 and has the potential to become one of the best defenders in the world. The pros of signing him outweigh the rough edges in his game. The onus is on Die Roten to convince him that Bavaria is the place where he can take the next step in his development.

Upamecano is one of the few defenders that can replace David Alaba at Bayern. The Austrian defender looks certain to leave Bavaria this summer after the talks regarding a contract extension broke down. Alaba will be free to talk to interested clubs during the winter transfer window.

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Along with Alaba, there is a strong chance of Jerome Boateng leaving the club next summer. With two senior defenders leaving the club, a player like Upamecano can definitely help in filling the void in the squad. The winter transfer window could be a pivotal time for Upamecano’s future as interested clubs will start laying the groundwork for a summer move.