RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano has signed a new contract keeping him at the Bundesliga club beyond 2021, according to reports in Germany.
It is believed that the new deal does include an exit clause but it will be a massive blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing the 21-year-old on the cheap this summer, with his contract expiring next year.
Upamecano has been on the Gunners’ radar for the past 12 months, having previously made bid for the Frenchman, but it appears he will be staying in the Bundesliga for the time being.
Reports in Germany suggested that the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich were also keen on the defender, who currently has a €60m (£55m) release clause.
Last week, RB Leipzig’s chief Oliver Mitzlaff was hopeful a deal could be struck to keep Upamecano:
“I expect he will play with us next season. We’ve had some good talks to find a solution, so we avoid him leaving us for free next year. Timo Werner stayed [last year], and I expect that we will do our homework properly so that Dayot will stay.”
It now appears that the German club have got their wish, leaving Arsenal potentially searching for alternatives in the transfer market.