RB Leipzig set to lose Upamecano for €42m in summer but won’t sell in January

RB Leipzig are not considering selling their centre-back Dayot Upamecano this month even though he can leave in the summer for a cut-price €42m (£37.4m).

The 22-year-old Frenchman has a release clause that comes into effect in the summer but it is way below his market value so several clubs have asked Leipzig whether a January deal would be possible.

However, with Julian Nagelsmann’s team involved in the Bundesliga title race – they are two points behind the leaders, Bayern Munich, after Saturday’s defeat by Borussia Dortmund – and set to face Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 they are not considering selling their defensive linchpin halfway through the season.

Several Premier League clubs are interested, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, as are Bayern.

Upamecano arrived from Red Bull Salzburg in 2017 and has played more than 80 Bundesliga games for Leipzig. He made his debut for France last year.

Leipzig are resigned to the 22-year-old leaving in the summer and have a shortlist of potential replacements, with Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan among the top targets.