MANCHESTER UNITED will compete with several rivals for Dayot Upamecano this summer, according to reports.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have all been linked with the Frenchman following his rapid rise at RB Leipzig.
Upamecano was an integral part of the Bundesliga side's run to last year's Champions League semi-finals.
But it appears as though this season will be his last at Leipzig with a new contract agreed in 2020 containing a bargain release clause.
The centre-back will be available for £38million when the clause activates at the end of the campaign.
Therefore, clubs are expected to hold off on negotiating a deal until the summer.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, United are among the teams waiting for the right moment to pounce.
A new centre-back was thought to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's agenda last summer.
Competition for Upamecano will come from several quarters with Chelsea now thought to be keen.
New boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants the 22-year-old instead of predecessor Frank Lampard's target, Declan Rice.
Liverpool are also said to be lurking with interest as they struggle to cope with a defensive injury crisis.
However, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are expected to return from long-term injuries before the start of next season.
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Bundesliga giants Bayern may be in pole position for the transfer with Upamecano reportedly favouring a move to Bavaria.
According to German website Fussball Transfers, the defender has held numerous conversations with Munich bosses.
Yet Bayern may attempt to seal a deal for less than his £38m release clause, in the hope that Leipzig will accept a lower fee amid the coronavirus pandemic's financial crash.
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