According to Bild in Germany, RB Leipzig have rejected an offer from Arsenal in the region of €60m for Dayot Upamecano.
The French defender was the subject of interest from the Gunners earlier this summer, with Rafa Honigstein reporting for ESPN that he was a target although no bid had been made at that point.
This came before the Europa League final against Chelsea, a game which could have given us Champions League football and a bigger transfer budget, but as we all know that didn’t pan out.
The latest update suggests that the 20 year old Frenchman is seen as a key player for Julian Nagelsmann, but perhaps an improved offer ahead of Thursday’s deadline would tempt them.
There’s also the possibility that Arsenal could throw in a player on loan, with Emile Smith Rowe an option – going back to the club he joined temporarily last season. Reiss Nelson might also be an attractive prospect, particularly as Nagelsmann worked with him with some success at Hoffenheim last year.
Unai Emery definitely needs a centre-half before the window shuts. With just Sokratis, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi available, we’re short on numbers and quality.
Laurent Koscielny remains determined to leave, Rob Holding is still making his way back from a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Dinos Mavropanos is sidelined with another recurrence of his groin problem.
With just three days left to complete any incoming deals, let’s hope Raul and co can get something over the line.