THE PL TRANSFER GAMES
by Sammir Goyall
The 2019 transfer window have been more of a blessing for Arsenal Fans. Arsenal’s Raul Sanllehi have covered all the possible bases by signing 6 players by making net spend of € 90 Million including club record signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe for € 72 Million. However, sending out new signing William Saliba on loan back to Saint Etienne as well as Laurient Koscielny leaving the club coupled up with Shkodran Mustafi’s average performance have left a Centre Back short.
Dayot Upamecano is a 20 year old French Centre Back, who joined Bundesliga club Red Bull Leipzig in 2017 from another Red Bull’s club Red Bull Salzburg for € 10 Million. A ball playing defender, he is multidimensional asset to his side in possession and has the capacity to break opposite lines with passes and dribbles. His passing range allows him to vary between exploiting the space in behind, finding attackers between the lines, and switching the play. Arsenal has been suffering from a weak defense, particularly at centre back. They have been looking toi sign an upgrade on Shkodaran Mustafi and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos. The club has decided not to send Calum Chambers on loan to cover Saliba’s loan departure, but however they were lacking a first team young Centre Back. The club have made Dayot their first choice to fill the requirement. RB Leipzig have placed a whopping €100 MILLION as his release clause, which Arsenal, like any other club, considered damn high. Arsenal have started negotiations with the German club by placing €60 Million bid, but the German club felt the offer was too low considering his release clause. Arsenal also tried to sweeten the deal by sending club youngster Emily Smith Rowe in order to help Leipzig bolster its midfield. But, RB Leipzig have rejected the offer but have sent feelers that a deal regarding Upamecano’s sale could be struck for € 75 Million. But, Arsenal having already spent € 135 Million, went ahead with NOT signing the defender and move on to other targets. RB Leipzig, on the hand, are not in a hurry to sell their prized asset with the player currently having 2 years left in his contract.