It doesn’t take a financial analyst to conclude that the Premier League winter transfer window has been one of the quietest in history.
Of the traditional ‘Big Six’, only Arsenal have been active after moving to secure the signature of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, while Manchester United who signed Amad Diallo recently after a transfer was arranged in the summer.
There has been a lack of business despite continuing and credible suggestions that Chelsea, United and Liverpool all desire and need a new central defender, with Dayot Upamecano linked to all three of the English giants.
Of course, the financial impact of Covid-19 on revenues is a major factor but could the availability of the Frenchman in the upcoming summer be the reason behind why the trio of clubs have opted against purchasing a new centre-back this month?
The RB Leipzig defender has a contract until 2023, but it has been widely reported his deal possesses a £40million release clause which will become active at the end of the current campaign.
Interest is also not limited to within the Premier League with Bundesliga and Champions League holders Bayern Munich long-standing admirers and technical director Hasan Salihamidzic claimed this week that talks have taken place with Upamecano’s representatives.
Just 22, Upamecano seems to have the credentials to reach the very top of the game, and he’s well-suited to forming part of the foundations for an offensive system.
Each of Chelsea, United, and Liverpool have aspirations to play attacking football, but in order for that to be achieved, the central defenders at each club have to be complete enough to cope with the demands on their shoulders.
Thomas Tuchel – new Blues boss – has previously talked about his intentions to attack, stating: “There’s definitely a style that’s been attributed to me, that we brought to the table at Mainz: pace going forward and attack-minded…