BAYERN MUNICH have swooped in to become favourites to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
Manchester United were previously ahead in the race for the defender's signature.
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But the Bundesliga heavyweights now lead the betting market after a revealing interview with the club's CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Rummenigge, 65, hinted that the Bavarian club intended to trigger a £40m release clause in Upamecano's contract.
He said: "We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle with all the positions where we want and need to do something."
When pressed over reports that an agreement had been struck, Rummenigge added: "It's too early for something like that, he's still a Leipzig player at least until the end of the season.
"But it's common knowledge that he has a clause in his contract."
Bayern are priced at 2/1 to be the 22-year-old's next destination - either in January or beyond.
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But despite the odds tumbling in Bayern's favour - the race is still wide open.
Premier League quartet Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all expected to challenge for the Frenchman's signature.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-form United lead the English charge at 5/2 as the club seek a long-term partner for captain Harry Maguire.
Liverpool, who have both Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk sidelined with long-term injuries, are next at 5/1.
Chelsea are fourth in the market at 8/1 despite having shelled out over £200m last summer on Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are locked at 12s with Paris Saint-Germain further back at 14/1.
Manchester City complete the eight-runner field at 18/1.
Pep Guardiola's side spent over £100m on Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake last summer, and have been buoyed by the return to form of John Stones.
Upamecano signed a contract extension in July that expires in June 2023.
But that's not expected to stop him from leaving in the approaching summer as RB Leipzig look to cash in to offset the financial implications of the Coronavirus.
After signing the deal, Upamecano said: "I have extended my contract with Leipzig.
"I am targeted by several clubs, I speak with clubs, but I have time. We will see what happens in the future."
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