Liverpool have ‘no chance’ of Dayot Upamecano transfer this month and face Man Utd issue
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Liverpool have got no chance of signing RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano this month, and will have to compete with Manchester United if they want to sign him at the end of the season. That’s the verdict of Reds hero Dietmar Hamann.
Liverpool are set to have a quiet January transfer window, despite originally being tipped to sign a centre-back.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, who are Jurgen Klopp’s preferred two at the back, are both out for the foreseeable future with knee injuries.
Van Dijk is currently in Dubai rehabbing after an ACL injury, while Gomez is making strides after rupturing a tendon.
With the pair both unlikely to play this season, Klopp and Michael Edwards – Liverpool’s transfer guru – had been tipped to make a move to bring in a new centre-back in January.
Leipzig’s Upamecano was believed to be one of their targets, with the young Frenchman courted by a host of teams throughout Europe.
He will reportedly have a release clause of £36.5million active when the season ends, but Leipzig will likely demand a significantly higher fee for him to leave now.
And Hamann believes there’s no chance of Upamecano leaving in January, because teams are always unwilling to let their top players move on in the middle of the season.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, the German warned his old side that United will provide them with stiff competition in the summer.
“Dayot Upamecano from Leipzig, who is absolutely tremendous at the back – Leipzig won’t let him go,” Hamann said.
“I don’t think there is any chance whatsoever that [Liverpool] get a centre-back who will improve them for the next six weeks or next few years.
“I think [Upamecano] has a [release] clause [that would become active] in the summer. These clubs won’t sell [mid-season],” Hamann said bluntly.
“[Klopp] needs to see what he can get in January. You look at players who are not in the Champions League, maybe a bit lower down, and I’m not sure this is the type of player that Liverpool need to improve.
“If you have to play Fabinho and Matip, yes he hasn’t stayed fit but maybe you get eight or 10 games out of him.
“[Jordan] Henderson can fill in. Fabinho is hardly injured. I would stay put for now.
“If an opportunity arises then of course you have to think about it, but I don’t see any of the top clubs letting their best players go in January.
“I think it’s unlikely they are going to buy one.”
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