The Red Devils have been dealt a huge transfer setback in their chase of RB Leipzig defender DayotUpamecano after it was recently confirmed that the French center-back has chosen to join rivals Bayern Munich instead.
Upamecano has been a long-term transfer target for United manager Olé Gunnar Solskjær and it was even reported earlier this week that the 22-year-old might be heading to Old Trafford in the summer after it was confirmed that he would be leaving Leipzig.
The defender was also a target for a host of other top clubs across Europe, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and Juventus all inquiring about the possibility of snapping him up when the summer window opens for business.
However, according to the latest update, all of these clubs, including Manchester United, will have to look elsewhere if they still want to go into the market in search of defensive targets. The piece of news comes as a huge blow to Solskjær, who has always been a big fan of Upamecano and has touted him as the long-term center-back partner of captain Harry Maguire.
According to media outlets Bild (in Germany) and The Athletic (in England), Upamecano has finally agreed terms with Bayern Munich and has put pen to paper on a fresh five-year deal which will take effect as from the summer.
Manchester United have needed a strong, towering, commanding central defender who would cover up for Maguire, with Eric Billy and Victor Lindelöf both battling with inconsistencies that have cost the Old Trafford club precious points so far this season. It remains to be seen who Solskjær will look to sign in the summer following this recent update. Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings has been touted as a potential signing.