Bayern Munich confirm Upamecano signing from RB Leipzig for € 42.5m on five-year deal

The French defender will spend the rest of the season at Red Bull Arena before joining the German champions in the summer

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Dayot Upamecano has been signed from RB Leipzig for a reported fee of € 42.5 million ($ 52m / £ 37m).

Bayern have won the race to sign Upamecano ahead of a handful of top European clubs, as the defender has signed a pre-contract agreement with the German winners that will see him move to Allianz Arena as t -summer.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus had also been linked with the 22-year-old, but have opted to continue the development with the newly crowned sextuple winners.

What was said?

Bayern have signed a declaration in an official statement on their website, which states: “Dayot Upamecano will play for FC Bayern Munich from July 1, 2021. The defensive player and champions of the German record agreed on a joint five-year operation until June 30, 2026. “

Club sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “We are delighted to have been able to win Dayot Upamecano for FC Bayern Munich. Dayot will be very important to our team in the years to come, we are confident about that. “

What will bring Upamecano to Bayern?

Upamecano should be able to enter Hansi Flick ‘s XI next season, as he already has plenty of Bundesliga and Champions League experience under his belt from his time at Leipzig.

The Frenchman has scored 139 appearances across all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann’s side since making his debut in 2017, establishing himself as one of the best youngsters on the sidelines. continent.

With David Alaba set to leave Bayern when his contract expires in June, the club have already secured a ready place in Upamecano, which will link with Kinglsey Coman and Benjamin Pavard at Allianz Arena.

What’s next for Upamecano?

Upamecano will be hoping to end Leipzig’s career at a senior level before joining his new team-mates in Bayern later this year, having played a key role in their progress on both sides of the European home side. in 2020-21.

Nagelsmann’s team are currently in second place in the Bundesliga, and will be back in Champions League action when they take on Liverpool in the first leg of their 16-tie round in Budapest on Tuesday night.

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