RB Leipzig are ‘not considering’ the sale of Dayot Upamecano this month despite the defender having a release clause in his contract that will become active this summer.
Upamecano has developed a reputation as one of the most talented young defenders in world football and has been linked with a host of the continent’s leading clubs, with both Manchester United and Liverpool amongst the sides understood to be interested in his signing.
United are known admirers of the player while Liverpool are also currently assessing their centre-back options, the Premier League champions having seen their resources stretched following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez this season.
The 22-year-old will be available during the summer for a reduced fee of just €42m (£37.1m) due to a release clause in his deal, a figure expected to be met by interested parties.
According to Fabrizio Romano, writing in the Guardian, Leipzig are resigned to the centre-back leaving during the summer window but will not consider offers this month given the club’s position in the Bundesliga title race.
Leipzig currently trail Bayern Munich – another of Upamecano’s suitors – by just two points and will ignore overtures during the January window despite the probability of losing the player for a lesser fee at the end of the season.
Upamecano has made 129 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig since signing from sister-club Red Bull Salzburg, with the youngster making his senior debut for France in 2020 and scoring his first international goal against Croatia in September.