Man Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich

first_imgMan Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Comment Upamecano would be a good partner for Harry Maguire in Solskjaer’s side (Picture: Getty Images)United missed out on the chance to sign the defender for free under former boss Louis van Gaal back in 2015.The Red Devils invited Upamecano to their training ground at the age of 16, but couldn’t convince the centre-back of a move to Old Trafford.MORE: Liverpool begin talks with Manchester United and Chelsea target Victor OsimhenMORE: Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Upamecano is being chased by Europe’s top clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who has agreed terms with Bayern Munich, according to reports.The 21-year-old has been one of the Bundesliga’s standout defenders this season, and Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting the £50million-rated Frenchman for a summer switch.According to BILD, German giants Bayern have already held talks with Upamecano ahead of a potential summer move, but are reluctant to pay Leipzig’s asking price.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTThe promising centre-back has just over a year left on his current contract, which means a cut-price fee could be agreed, or the club could risk losing him on a free transfer in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementUpamecano is said to want a move away from the Red Bull Arena in the next transfer window, however, Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff insisted last week that the German side are under no financial pressure to sell one of their prize assets.He said: ‘We have an outstanding squad and could easily start the new season with this squad. It’s clear that we wouldn’t sell a player below value [even] if he wanted to.‘You can assume that we will have talks [with Upamecano] that will be to everyone’s satisfaction.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones

first_img Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:24FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2212652/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘If you look at the quality of City versus Liverpool and the North London Derby, it’s chalk and cheese really.‘And with the squad City have, they have to be favourites to win the FA Cup. If they’re in trouble they can bring on five top class subs!’Manchester City go into the FA Cup semi-final having won their last three Premier League matches and 22 points above Arsenal in the table.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal legend’s on Arsenal transfer chief EduMORE: Saliba sends farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining Arsenal Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones Paul Merson says Arsenal still need to sign three new players (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs to sign at least three players this summer – and says Manchester City defender John Stones would be a welcome addition.The Gunners have endured another turbulent season, with the club only winning 13 of their 36 Premier League fixtures under first Unai Emery and more recently Arteta.Arsenal are currently ninth in the table – nine points behind fourth-placed Leicester City – although could boost their season by winning the FA Cup and face Man City in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.Merson is concerned about the quality of Arteta’s squad and says Arsenal need to sign a centre-back, central midfielder and striker this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the Gunners legend has endorsed Arsenal’s pursuit of City and England defender Stones, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates recently.‘Arsenal need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really,’ Merson told Starsport.‘And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before. Advertisement Commentcenter_img The Gunners have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.‘But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.’Looking ahead to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Merson added: ‘I expect City to win.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arsenal have a chance because it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. If they defend like they did against Liverpool it could get interesting.‘But that’s the thing with Arsenal, you can’t rely on them to play with any consistency and they would have to get massively lucky to get to the final.‘Arteta said himself the gap to the top two is enormous and he’s dead right. Arsenal are a million miles away. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 9:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link238Shares Advertisementlast_img read more