ARSENAL have been handed a major blow in the race to sign Dayot Upamecano after he agreed a new contract at RB Leipzig, according to reports.
But the Gunners will be encouraged that his deal is set to include a release clause.
Arsenal have been chasing the 21-year-old central defender with his future at the Bundesliga club left uncertain.
His current deal expires next summer meaning he could move for nothing in 12-months time.
According to Sportbuzzer, RB Leipzig have ensured they won’t lose him for free by getting him to sign a new deal.
Although it won’t prevent his admirers from matching his release clause which is set to be around £53million.
Leipzig had similar tactics with striker Timo Werner when he penned a new deal before Chelsea activated his clause.
Competition for Upamecano is set to be high with Bayern Munich and AC Milan in the market for his signature.
Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.
“One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.
“We cannot afford that as a club.
“So there are two options: extend or change. I am absolutely certain that we will know relatively quickly which direction we are going.”