RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has advised defender Dayot Upamecano not to rush a decision over his future as rumours suggest Barcelona and Arsenal are interested.
The 21-year-old centre-back joined Leipzig in 2017 and has quickly become a considerable force in Germany, earning plaudits as a gifted talent in his position.
However, Krosche told Kicker that Upamecano should take his time deciding his next step, hinting his priorities may have changed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic:
"This is a far-reaching decision for a player. He should take his time with that. He has to be clear about exactly what he is going to do, how he sees his future.
"Maybe that has changed a bit as a result of the new situation [coronavirus]."
The 6’1” youngster made his professional debut in Austria for FC Liefering, going on to spend six months with rivals Red Bull Salzburg before joining sister club RB Leipzig.
Upamecano is now one of the most coveted young defenders in the Bundesliga, and the Red Bulls recently shared a highlight reel demonstrating his best attributes:
Barcelona will have one eye on recruitment in central defence as 33-year-old Gerard Pique winds into his final years at the Camp Nou, though Arsenal have also been mentioned as possible suitors.
The Gunners are due to welcome Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba to their ranks after agreeing his purchase in July 2019, while the future of Shkodran Mustafi looks uncertain.
Forbes’ Manuel Veth sourced a report from Kicker suggesting Leipzig want to tie their player down to a new contract, with his current deal scheduled to expire in June 2021:
That puts great pressure on the club to consider a sale this year and avoid a potential free transfer if they get the sense Upamecano is unlikely to prolong his stay.
The player is expected to receive a call-up to the senior France squad in the near future after impressing in the Bundesliga and in Europe, though competition in his position is fierce.