Liverpool held negotiations with 21-year-old French defender

Liverpool and Man United will go head-to-head to sign RB Leipzig’s defender Dayot Upamecano next summer when his bargain release clause activates, according to reports.

France international was being chased by a host of top clubs earlier this summer after another impressive season in both the Bundesliga and UCL, though surprisingly opted to sign a new deal with the German club.

Dayot’s old contract had a £54m release and was due to expire next summer when he would have been available for free, but no clubs paid up and he agreed to extend his stay until 2023. However, Upamecano’s new deal also includes a release clause which will active during next summer’s transfer window.

When it does, suitors will be able to sign the 21-year-old centre-back for only €40m a fee that marks him out as one of the most enticing footballers on the market next year and ensures RB Leipzig still get a decent fee for a footballer who otherwise would have been leaving on a free transfer.

The report claims Liverpool and Red Devils are both very interested in signing the French defender when the clause becomes active, and they may need to start their respective charm offensives now to land him.

Man City have also been credited with an interest, though that move seems highly unlikely given that they spent over £100m to bring Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake to the Etihad.

Bundesliga giants are so convinced that Dayot will not stay at the club beyond next summer they have already started planning for life after the defender, with Josko Gvardiol, who was bought from Dinamo Zagreb and immediately loaned back to the Croatian club this summer, earmarked as his successor.