Chelsea ready to rival Man Utd for long-term Thiago Silva replacement available for £40m

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Chelsea are preparing to launch a summer bid for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to reports. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the German side for some time, but could finally be tempted to leave at the end of the season with a number of clubs said to be interested in his signature.

Upamecano has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s best young defenders in recent years, earning no shortage of transfer interest from all over Europe.

Chelsea have now joined the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid in vying for his signature, according to the Daily Mail.

German heavyweights Bayern Munich and defending Premier League champions Liverpool are also believed to be keen on the Frenchman.

His contract with Leipzig includes a relatively modest £40million release clause, which comes into effect at the end of the season.

The Blues, along with many of the continent’s top sides, have been eyeing up a summer move as a result.

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It is unlikely that Leipzig will allow Upamecano to leave this month despite the prospect of securing a higher fee for his services.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a long-term solution at the back, with uncertainty surrounding the future of their current defensive lineup.

Fikayo Tomori is among those who may potentially be shown the door in the near future, along with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christiansen.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old summer signing Thiago Silva could retire within the next few years as the Brazilian defender approaches the end of his long career.

He has impressed at the back for Chelsea this season, excelling at times with his calm demeanour and effective distribution.

Silva is out of contract at the end of the campaign, but revealed last month that he is hoping to help the Blues to silverware before he leaves, amid ongoing speculation regarding the possibility of a new deal.

“At Milan I won Serie A and the Italian Super Cup, and at PSG I won basically everything possible, except the Champions League, we reached the final,” Silva told the club website.

“With Chelsea my main objective is the Premier League, of course. It’d be a dream come true to win it and there’s no doubt we’re looking at winning the Champions League and the cups as well, so it’s a matter of working.

“I think Chelsea aren’t just 11 players, they’ve got a group of 22 players who have what it takes to go far in all competitions.”

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