Liverpool's hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano have received a major boost as the centre-back will reportedly leave RB Leipzig next summer.
Upamecano, 22, was heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League during the last transfer window, before eventually penning a new three-year deal at Red Bull Arena.
The France international is one of Europe's most promising centre-backs and he has featured in all but one of Leipzig's games this season, guiding them to fourth in the Bundesliga.
But there is a sense Upamecano's new deal last summer would only postpone rather than prevent an inevitable exit from the German club.
And such speculation has been back up by former Middlesbrough ace and Bild journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, who wrote on Twitter : "Upamecano will leave Leipzig next summer."
However, he warned Liverpool will face stiff competition from other Premier League and European rivals in order to land their target.
Fjortoft added: " Bayern interested, but have to wait on [David] Alaba. Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City following him closely."
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United are known to be in the market for another centre-back, while Bayern are already preparing for life after Alaba.
The Austrian's contract at the Allianz Arena expires next summer and he is also linked with a move to Liverpool.
In the meantime, Europe's giants will continue to closely monitor Upamecano, who left the door open to a transfer in September.
“For the moment I am with Leipzig but it is true that I was able to discuss with certain clubs," he told Telefoot .
“As I said, for now, I am focused on Leipzig and I will continue to play for Leipzig. And then we’ll see.
“You never know what can happen in a football season."
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