Manchester United board divided over Dayot Upamecano move


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign Dayot Upamecano (Photo: Getty)

Manchester United could postpone an offer for Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after members of the club’s board raised concerns about the Frenchman’s move this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a quick partner from center-back for Harry Maguire, which would allow United to play a higher line next season and therefore put more pressure on their opponents thanks to a high press.

The 21-year-old Upamecano is considered one of the best prospects in world football and his eye-catching performance in the Germans’ Champions League quarter-final victory over Atletico Madrid in August caught the attention of clubs through Europe.

In truth though, Upamecano has been on the radar of the European elite for much longer than that and Solskjaer has suggested the Frenchman as the club’s next signing following Donny van de Beek’s £ 40million acquisition from Ajax.

Upamecano is valued at £ 50million (Photo: Getty)

However, according to the Telegraph, there is a debate at Old Trafford over whether the club should move forward in a move for the Frenchman.

Leipzig values ​​the defender at around £ 60million, but a clause in Upamecano’s contract means he can leave the club for around £ 40million next summer, which means a significant reduction in these times financially difficult.

But some members of the board have also expressed doubts about Upamecano’s willingness to move to the club.

Manchester United training session - UEFA Europa League

Solskjaer is keen to sign a center-back partner for Harry Maguire (Photo: Getty)

Although his abilities are not in question, Upamecano is only 21 years old and some believe the Frenchman would benefit from at least another year in the Bundesliga before stepping into action.

Solskjaer must therefore convince his board not to postpone a 12-month move, as the Frenchman’s signing race will surely be hotter than it currently is.

United have spent £ 30million on Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly and while neither have been a disaster, neither are considered a top center-back.

The board is therefore reluctant to shell out even more in a difficult climate for a center-back who may take another three to four years before he is the real deal.

Solskjaer has similar issues with his board over a move for Jadon Sancho.

The club are like one in their determination to sign the 20-year-old, but not for the asking price of £ 108million from Dortmund.

Instead, United are ready to bide their time on the transfer window and test Dortmund’s resolve late with a lower offer.

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