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Dayot Upamecano to wear #2 shirt at Bayern Munich (?); avoids awkward training clause in RB Leipzig contract

It looks like Bayern’s online store already has Upamecano #2 kits in stock and for sale.

RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

Although it has not been officially confirmed by Bayern Munich, on the club's Asian store web site, there are already women’s away kits available with the #2 Upamecano print for the back of the kit beneath “FC Bayern Munchen.” It’s available for purchase, but the club has yet to officially confirm that this will be the number the French defender will be wearing for the upcoming season, though it’s safe to assume that will be the case since it’s already available to buy.

Dayot Upamecano wore the #5 kit at RB Leipzig, which is currently occupied by defensive compatriot Benjamin Pavard, so Upamecano was going to have to switch kit numbers either way, unless Pavard had been willing to budge in that department.

Awkward contract clause dodged.

Thankfully for Upamecano, he can start training with Bayern from the beginning of next week, avoiding a slight technicality in his RB Leipzig release clause contract (Bild). Bayern had purchased him from Die Roten Bullen for €42.5 million, but the release clause in his Leipzig contract stipulated that the clause wasn’t actually in effect until mid July. This would’ve meant that he would’ve trained with Leipzig for the first couple of weeks of July, even though he was a Bayern player. Leipzig would’ve also had to pay for half of a month’s salary if that were the case, which would’ve been roughly €200,000. More specifically, that release clause in his Leipzig contract was set for July 15th, so he would’ve missed a good two weeks of training at Sabener Strasse with Julian Nagelsmann and the rest of the squad.

Both Bayern and Leipzig agreed to null and void the July 15th date and work to reach an agreement on how to pay his salary for the beginning of July. For Leipzig, this was probably a headache they did not want to have to deal with considering Upamecano isn’t in their plans whatsoever. While Bayern might have to fork over some additional cash, this just gives Nagelsmann and the rest of the squad extra time to have preseason prep with Upamecano around.

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