Manchester United have suffered a huge setback in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano, with the RB Leipzig defender reportedly set to join Bayern Munich instead.
Upamecano has been heavily linked to Old Trafford in recent months, whilst he has also attracted attention from clubs across Europe.
Reports in recent weeks claimed that a move to United could be on the cards with Leipzig sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff appearing to pave the way for a possible summer transfer.
However, their hopes have been dashed after it was revealed that Bayern Munich have won the race to sign him this summer.
Following an initial report from Bild, The Athletic have since confirmed that the 22-year-old has agreed terms with the reigning Bundesliga champions, which will be a mammoth blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
While Solskjaer’s desire to reform United’s defence is one of the worst-kept secrets in football at the moment, he may have to rejig his summer transfer plans following this latest setback.
Despite some reports suggesting otherwise, it is understood United were still interested in signing Upamecano, while Liverpool – who also wanted him – had adopted a wait-and-see approach, which left Bayern in pole position to sign him instead.
Solskjaer is well-known for putting his faith in youth, and in Upamecano, he would have found a player who could have been one of United’s starting centre-backs for years to come had Ed Woodward brought him to Old Trafford.
Upamecano has made 19 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 6.94 for his efforts, which is better than the likes of Eric Bailly (6.43) and Victor Lindelof (6.64). Along with his statistical score, he is also averaging more tackles overall than Harry Maguire, suggesting that he would have helped to bolster Solskjaer’s leaky defence.
The Red Devils, however, will now be forced to look elsewhere instead to solve their defensive woes, having conceded three goals in their last three fixtures in all competitions this season thus far, per Transfermarkt.
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