United will contend on Upamecano and wants Baumgartner as well (@FabrizioRomano)
The competition for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano could get heated. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Upamecano will not be changing clubs during this window (which was pretty obvious), but he also let it be known that Manchester United will be in the “race” for the 22-year-old when the bidding starts to get hot-and-heavy:
To be clear about Dayot Upamecano. No chances for him to leave RB Leipzing in the coming days, he’ll be sold next summer [release clause €42.5m]. Manchester United are *not* in talks to sign him in January. The race is open for next summer. #Leipzig #Upamecano #mufc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2021
Manchester United also reportedly has its eyes on Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner per The Sun:
MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing a move for Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner. The 21-year-old has been hailed as one of Austria’s biggest talents for years – and is already turning heads in the Bundesliga.
SunSport understands that United have been tracking Baumgartner closely with a view to bringing him to Old Trafford to bolster their attacking options. A bid in the summer is most likely, but with the player’s contract running out in 2023, his current price tag of £16m is only going to increase. And with Hoffenheim’s history of getting good value for money – such as £29m for Roberto Firmino and £40m for Joelinton – Old Trafford chiefs will be expecting tough negotiations.
Several other Premier League sides are also interested, but United are leading the way for the player that has been dubbed the new Michael Ballack. Baumgartner joined Hoffenheim as a 16-year-old in the summer of 2017, and was given his league debut by former coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Bayern Munich fans will get a chance to see if Baumgartner lives up to the hype this weekend. Continue reading
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