Bayern Munich’s defensive funk continued on Friday in the squad’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. It is not just one player causing the issues defensively, but a rotating cast, all equally contributing to the faulty play.
With multiple weeks of inconsistent performances on the backline, rumors have started to heat up and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is considered one of the most popular names on the transfer market. Naturally a connection was going to be made and TV pundit Marcel Reif recently gave this statement (as captured by Tz):
TV expert Marcel Reif is once again bringing a lot of momentum into the matter. For Bild, he predicted: “Upamecano will go to Bayern next summer. I’m pretty sure of that. Alaba will end up at Real Madrid or somewhere else, Upamecano is the clearest choice. ‘Do Bayern’s managers have to act in the winter transfer window?’ That is relatively unlikely, as Leipzig probably does not need the money and could hardly find a replacement in the short time. In the summer, on the other hand, things would look different again.”
Now, Reif might think Upamecano is headed to Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians are far from the only club eyeing the defender. Per Sky Sports, numerous big-name and deep-pocketed teams have Upamecano on their radar including Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff acknowledged that his squad is attracting a lot of attention from clubs looking at his players.
“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality,” Mintzlaff recently told Bild. “So, we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.”
Whatever the case, if Bayern Munich truly does want to make a run at Upamecano, it could end up in a bidding war with some very big spenders.