RB Leipzig hint Upamecano could follow Timo Werner by leaving after new deal with Arsenal and Chelsea keen on transfer

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RB LEIPZIG have hinted that defender Dayot Upamecano could follow Timo Werner out the door to the Premier League.

The German side have already sold prolific striker Werner to Chelsea for £53million and could be set to offload another star with the West London club and rivals Arsenal interested.

French ace Upamecano’s current deal expires in 2021 but he is able to leave if a club meets his £54m release clause.

However, it appears the 21-year-old could sign an extension before moving on in the future.

Former team-mate Werner did just that after he put pen to paper on a deal last summer before being snapped up by the Blues last month.

If Upamecano does not agree terms on a new deal then his Bundesliga employers may be forced to cash in this summer or risk losing him on a free when his contract expires.

But Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff is confident the centre-back will still be playing at the Red Bull Arena next season.

He told Kicker: “I assume that he will also play for us next season.

“We are in good talks to find a solution to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer next year.

“It worked out with Timo Werner, and I assume that we will do our homework with regard to Dayot as well.”

Upamecano has been heavily linked with Arsenal as the Gunners look to solidify their centre-back pairing.

Previous reports suggested Leipzig told interested AC Milan not to bother as he was off to North London.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are believed to have joined the race for the player and could poach another Leipzig talent as they look for a long-term partner for Antonio Rudiger in the heart of defence.

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