Bayern Munich beat Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Dayot Upamecano

  • RB Leipzig centre-half signs five-year contract
  • Defender had been tracked by Premier League clubs
Dayot Upamecano battles with Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller in February 2020.
Dayot Upamecano battles with Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller in February 2020. Photograph: TF-Images/Getty Images
Dayot Upamecano battles with Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller in February 2020. Photograph: TF-Images/Getty Images
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Last modified on Sun 14 Feb 2021 09.22 EST

Bayern Munich have signed the defender Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig with the French centre-back set to join the European champions in July before the 2021-22 season, the Bundesliga club said on Sunday.

Upamecano, 22, agreed to sign a five-year contract that will keep him at Bayern until 2026. Financial details of the transfer were not provided but German media reported Bayern had triggered his release clause which is worth around €42.5m.

“We’re happy that we’ve been able to sign Dayot Upamecano for Bayern Munich. We’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of our team in the coming years,” Bayern’s board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidzic, said in a statement.

Upamecano had been linked with a move to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea. He will now spend the rest of the season with Leipzig who are second in the Bundesliga, four points behind Bayern who have a game in hand.