Chelsea and Arsenal are both set to make a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
The Premier League rivals are both in the hunt for Champions League qualification which could play a part in their ability to sign the French defender.
The 21-year-old has played a starring role in Leipzig’s Bundesliga title challenge this season with both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta on the look out for defensive reinforcements.
The Mirror have claimed that the Blues have made Upamecano their main transfer target ahead what promises to be a busy summer, with Chelsea ready to spend after choosing not to in January.
The former Red Bull Salzburg defender cost his current club just £9m in 2017 with his contract set to expire in June 2021.
That puts Julian Nagelsmann in a difficult position where he could be forced to allow the player to leave early rather than see him walk away for nothing.
Lampard saw his side humbled at home against Bayern Munich on Tuesday as they fell to a 3-0 defeat thanks to Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski.
The club were urged after that match to start preparing for five new signings, which could help them close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool next time season.
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Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport: “At least four or five [signings] – not just quantity but quality.
“Real quality players who can make the difference. Every Bayern Munich player made a difference today at some point in the game.
“Frank had too many players who haven’t played enough football – whether it’s [Ross] Barkley or [Olivier] Giroud.”
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