Arsenal and Manchester United Slip Behind in Race to Sign Dayot Upamecano

Arsenal and Manchester United have received a blow in their attempts to snatch Red Bull Salzburg full-back Dayot Upamecano, after another club jumped ahead of them in the queue in fairly dodgy circumstances.

Red Bull Salzburg are not the only club to have ties with the global energy drink company; much furore has been raised in Germany over their sister club RB Leipzig. Unsurprisingly, the two ‘football clubs’ have a cosy relationship these days.


Upamecano has become a much-admired man after making his professional debut in March 2016. The 18-year-old has impressed at Salzburg, and the ​Mirror inform that a £10m deal is set to be finalised within the fortnight for his transfer to Leipzig.

Ralf Rangnick, Leipzig’s sporting director, was involved in the deal which brought Upamecano to Salzburg in 2015 when he was head of footballing operations there. He has admitted that the full-back has been on his radar ever since.

“Of course, we keep our eyes open and see if there are any opportunities to help us,” said Rangnick earlier this week.

“Already when I brought him to Salzburg in 2015, many clubs were interested in him. He is a fast and powerful player.”

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RB Leipzig have been overtaken by Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table, an event which many German football fans probably celebrated if their response to the existence of the corporate football club is anything to judge by.

In their first Bundesliga season, Leipzig have only lost two games (including a 3-0 defeat to Munich themselves on December 21). With clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea also the subject of success based on new money, the footballing landscape is vast changing.