Bayern Munich has announced the signing of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig for a reported fee of €42.5 million ($52m/£37m).
Bayern have won the race to sign Upamecano ahead of a total host of top European clubs, as the defender has put pen to paper a pre-contract agreement with the German champions which will see him move to Allianz Arena in the summer.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus had also been tied with the 22-year-old, but he has chosen to continue his development with the newly crowned sextuple winners.
The club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We are happy that we were able to sign Dayot Upamecano for FC Bayern Munich. He(Day) will be a very important factor for our team in the coming years, we are sure of that.”
Upamecano should be able to slot into Hansi Flick’s starting XI next season, given the fact he already has an excess of Bundesliga and Champions League experience under his belt from his time at Leipzig.
The Frenchman has racked up 139 appearances across all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann’s side since making his debut in 2017, making himself one of the best young centre-backs on the continent.
With David Alaba set to leave Bayern upon the end of his contract in June, the club have already secured a ready-made alternative Upamecano, who will be linking up with fellow countrymen Kinglsey Coman and Benjamin Pavard at Allianz Arena.
Upamecano will hope to end his Leipzig career on a high before joining up with his new team-mates at Bayern later in the year, having played a key role in their progress on both domestic European fronts in 2020-21.
Nagelsmann’s team are presently second in the Bundesliga and will be back in Champions League action when they confront Liverpool in the first leg of their round of 16 ties in Budapest on Tuesday night.