Barcelona Identify This Bundesliga Defender As Umtiti Replacement: Dream Signing For The Catalans?

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - AUGUST 03: Dayot Upamecano of Leipzig runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Aston Villa at Red Bull Arena on August 3, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by The Sun, Barcelona have set their sights on Red Bull Leipzig defensive ace Dayot Upamecano as a key target who can sort out their defensive problems at the back. The same source has also claimed that the Catalans have identified the France U-21 international as an ideal replacement for Samuel Umtiti at the Nou Camp.

Upamecano’s Incredible Spell At Leipzig So Far

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful season at Leipzig guiding his team to the top of the Bundesliga table. He has been exceptional with his performances at the back this term as evidenced by his team’s stellar defensive record of conceding just 20 goals in 17 league matches so far in this campaign.

Upamecano has made 19 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders this season and has averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 3.0 clearances per game across all competitions (stats via whoscored).

He is currently one of the most promising young defenders in European football so Barca will do well to lure him away from the Red Bull Arena. The Bundesliga centre-back has also represented France at various youth levels but is yet to earn his first senior cap for his nation.

What Will The French Defender Bring To The Table?

Upamecano is a deceptively quick centre-half who hardly gets beat when left isolated in a 1v1 footrace. He is a commanding presence inside his own half due to his robust upper body strength which helps him win a lot of aerial duels with the opposition.

The French prospect is also a reliable defender at the back and can make some crucial interceptions for his side. Furthermore, he can also come up with some vital last-gasp clearances and doesn’t mind going the extra mile for the benefit of his team.

Will Upamecano Be A Dream Signing For The La Liga Giants?

Barca’s recent defensive record has been poor, so they are in dire need of recruiting a quality centre-back this winter. Upamecano has the makings of a world-class defender so Ernesto Valverde should do everything he can to land the French sensation before the end of this month. The French whizkid will be a dream signing for the Spanish champions this month as he will be able to help them retain their domestic crown as well as do well in the UEFA Champions League in the coming months.

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