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“Of course Bayern are in Upamecano talks” – Kahn talks about Leipzig center-back


The future Bavarian club president has confirmed his interest in the Frenchman but taped off claims he was looking for another big name

It would be remiss of Bayern Munich not to take an interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, manager Oliver Kahn has said.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has previously indicated the club want to sign the young Frenchman, while Leipzig have confirmed they have a € 42.5million (£ 38million / $ 52million) release clause in his contract.

Kahn, who will become Bayern president in 2022, has doubled down on the club’s insistence on negotiating with the center-back, given he will have to sign in this area.

“We are losing David Alaba,” Kahn admitted.

“We made him an offer some time ago. He did not accept this offer.

“I also understand that a player like him, who has been at Bayern Munich for a long time, is looking for a new challenge now.

“We need to think about who could adequately replace David.

“As a player, I would love to play with Ramos, but there is nothing [him coming to Bayern]. ”

Focusing specifically on Upamecano, Kahn said: “It is in demand across Europe.

“This season he has shown the quality he has. Of course, we are also in talks.

“He is a player sought after by many of the biggest European clubs and Bayern is currently the most successful club in the world in terms of sport.

“We’re particularly attractive to these types of players at the moment.

With Jerome Boateng’s future also uncertain, there could be a drastic change at the heart of Bayern’s defense over the summer.

Meanwhile, Champions League holders continue to dominate domestically in Germany where they hold a solid seven-point advantage over Leipzig’s Upamecano side in the Bundesliga title race.

FCB have won all of their last four games and scored 57 goals in 19 appearances.

Their next outing is Friday, when they face Hertha away from home.

After this meeting, however, they will travel to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, which will take place in Doha.

They will face the winners of the clash between Al-Duhail and Al Ahly on February 8.