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Rummenigge reveals Bayern are battling with Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Dayot Upamecano

By Rune Gjerulff

Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has opened up on the club's interest in RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano, who he claims has been targeted by Chelsea and Liverpool as well.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Photo: Michael Lucan, CC-by-SA 3.0

Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken out on the club's interest in Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.

The French centre-back has been lined up as a potential replacement for David Alaba, who Rummenigge says is "99.9 certain" to leave at the end of the season, at which point his contract expires.

Over the weekend, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed he has met with Upamecano's agent, Volker Struth. Rummenigge, meanwhile, has held talks with RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff about the player, who is understood to have a €42.5 million release clause in his contract.

However, Bayern are far from the only club interested in Upamecano, according to Rummenigge, who claims Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on acquiring the services of the 22-year-old centre-back.

"In addition to Bayern München, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested. The fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we will almost certainly lose David Alaba at his position. I can't say if there will be other departures at the position," Rummenigge told Sky.

"You have to let things grow in peace. We have a good relationship with Mr. Struth. The player will know what he wants at some point. We have a good relationship with RB Leipzig as well. I have had a conversation with Oliver Mintzlaff. When things become concrete, we'll talk again.

"The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba."

Upamecano has made a total of 138 appearances for RB Leipzig with four goals and three assists to his name.

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