Chelsea and Liverpool are rivalling Bayern Munich in the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this summer, according to Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Sky Germany are reporting that Upamecano is Bayern’s top transfer target in the next window, with the French international having attracted interest from a host of European clubs.
The 22-year-old, who signed a contract extension with Leipzig last summer, has excelled since arriving from their sister club Red Bull Salzburg in 2017, making 138 appearances in all competitions. He played a pivotal role in Julian Nagelsmann’s side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last term.
Bayern chief Rummenigge has confirmed talks have begun between the clubs but admits they will face stiff competition from other Premier League sides as they attempt to entice him to the Allianz Arena.
“In addition to Bayern Munich, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested [in Upamecano],” Bayern’s CEO told Sky Germany.
“The fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we will almost certainly lose David Alaba in that position.
“I can’t say if there will be other departures in that position.
David Alaba is a target for Chelsea this summer
“You have to let things grow in peace. We have a good relationship with Mr Volker Struth [Upamecano’s agent]. The player will know what he wants at some point.
“We have a good relationship with RB Leipzig as well. I have had a conversation with Oliver Mintzlaff [Red Bull GmbH Global Head of Soccer].
“When things become concrete, we’ll talk again.”
David Alaba is set to leave this summer on a free transfer after rejecting Bayern’s latest offer of a new deal.
Chelsea are interested in signing the Austrian, who can operate as a left-sided central defender or at left-back, and according to Rummenigge, Upamecano is another one of their targets.
“The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool…