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Manchester United to free up funds to sign €50m ‘top target’

Manchester United are reportedly upping their efforts to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. Mark Ogden writes “Upamecano is a top target.”

As Donny Van de Beek’s official announcement is imminent, United need to make financial room for other signings- reportedly Jadon Sancho and Upamecano.

Fabrizio Romano confirms that Roma are expected to submit a fresh bid for Chris Smalling. He also adds that United are looking to add a defender if an opportunity arrives.

Roma’s earlier bid was reported to be around €16m-€17m. United were not looking to go below their €20m asking price.

United should sell Smalling if the fresh bid matches their expectations.

Solskjaer is desperate to bolster his shaky back-line – despite spending £135million on defenders alone last summer in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Athletic have claimed United will continue to scout Upamecano in a bid to find Maguire a long-term partner in the heart of defence.

The 21-year-old performed brilliantly during Leipzig’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

James Cooper confirmed that United would like a fresh center-back to challenge Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Solskjaer is understood to be concerned about the fitness and reliability of Lindelof, Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe which is only further intensifying the club’s desire to bring in a new center-back. Marco Rojo and Phil Jones could hardly make Solskjaer’s XI and could leave soon.

Dayot Upamecano renewed his contract which will expire in 2023. His current release clause stands at €50m.



  1. Matt Collins

    1 September 2020 at 19:48

    Dayot Upamecano is a player desperately needed by our club. He is the perfect defensive signing to accompany Maguire at the back. At 21 years of age he is strong, fast and intelligent at playing his position well. He has already proven that he has top ability with his performances in the champions league. I think it is vital that he is signed asap. A club of our calibre clearly has the funds to acquire him. The fact that it’s being mentioned we need to free up funds is crazy. I strongly urge all fans to petition the club to sign Dayot Upamecano and make him our 2nd signing of this transfer window after Van der Beek. If we lose out on signing this defender there aren’t many defenders out there available or capable of playing to the standard required at Manchester United. We desperately need a top class centre back and I firmly believe this lad is that man. I’m urging United fans everywhere to do everything we can to persuade the club to complete this key signing.

  2. Ceedee

    1 September 2020 at 23:23

    You tried with your write ups but man utd needs to be serious and direct with their choice of players to buy. Woodward is not helping OGS in transfer market. If a coach has identified his desired players, he should support him with the funds so as to succeed as a coach in man utd. If they can afford Dayot Upamecano and Jordan Sancho that’s all man utd needed in this transfer market to be made. Martial and Greenwood should be allowed to battle for the striker’s position.

  3. Stewart

    2 September 2020 at 17:01

    Utd need him, they can afford him, Leipzig have indicated they will sell him. So why is he not already a Utd player. Come on clueless Woodward, get off your arse and make it happen.

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