German champions Bayern Munich have announced the signing of highly-rated defender Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig after beating several Premier League clubs to the signing of the defender, with the move to go through on July 1.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea had been heavily linked with Upamecano but Bayern have once again moved fast to get their man.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern chief executive, previously told reporters in Germany that both Premier League clubs were trying to sign the 22-year-old center-back.
Financial details of the transfer were not provided but it is believed that Bayern had triggered his release clause which is worth around 42.5m euros.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “We’re happy that we’ve been able to sign Dayot Upamecano for FC Bayern München. We’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of our team in the coming years.”
Upamecano will remain with Leipzig for the rest of the season.
Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff says Upamecano, who will line up for the German side in the Champions League against Liverpool this week, indicated he wanted to move on.
“Of course, we would have liked to keep Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig. However, Dayot indicated to us very fairly and in good time that he would like a new challenge this summer and take the next step,” Mintzlaff said.
“Dayot has shown outstanding development during his time in Leipzig, which is exemplary for our philosophy of finding young talents and consistently bringing them to the top level.
“Dayot has been and remains an important factor in our success and FC Bayern can look forward to an outstanding footballer and great person.”