Dayot Upamecano: Liverpool join Manchester United in hot chase for Leipzig defender

Dayot Upamecano: Liverpool join Manchester United in hot chase for Leipzig defender

- Dayot Upamecano is being trailed by Premier League club Manchester United

- Latest reports have it that Liverpool have also entered the race for the 22-year-old

- Jurgen Klopp’s side is plagued by injury problems and the manager has turned to the Leipzig defender

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Dayot Upamecano has become a toast of several clubs as Liverpool have now joined Manchester United in the race to sign the RB Leipzig defender.

It was gathered that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has now identified the player as a major target ahead of the January transfer window.

A wave of injury problems have plunged the Reds into major crisis and with the recent serious case of Joe Gomez while on international duty with England, Klopp is left with no choice than to haunt for another defender.

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The race to sign Upamecano will be a very tough one as Manchester United are also desperate in signing the 22-year-old.

Despite the Red Devils thrashing Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League recently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be interested in the defender.

The Frenchman’s existing contract will run until the summer of 2023, but there is an existing clause in his deal that allows him to leave for £38million.

It will be the second time in recent history that Liverpool will be diving in for a Leipzig star, following their long-running pursuit of Naby Keita.

Also, Isak Bergmann Johannesson is on the radar of both Premier League clubs as both teams have entered a race to sign the 17-year-old prospect.

Dayot Upamecano: Liverpool join Manchester United in hot chase for Leipzig defender

Dayot Upamecano could be playing at Anfield next season. Photo: Jan Woitas
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The Icelandic whizkid has been in sublime form this season which has generated waves of positive reviews as he is being poached by a number of clubs.

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It was gathered that Johannesson is the son of Joey Gudjonsson - a former Aston Villa, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley and Huddersfield midfielder who was born in Sutton Coldfield.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Declan Rice remains a major transfer target for Chelsea football club as Frank Lampard is keen on bringing the defensive midfielder back to the Stamford after he left the club as a kid.

The Blues are set to go all out for the 21-year-old , but West Ham are also desperate in keeping the player and are ready to double his wages to see him earn £120 ,000weekly.

Daily Star are reporting that Chelsea will be made to cough-up as much as £80million if they want Rice back at the club, however the Blues are desperate.

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