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Man Utd and Chelsea in Dayot Upamecano transfer blow as Bayern confirm interest and plan to activate £38m release clause

BAYERN MUNICH have confirmed their interest in Dayot Upamecano ahead of a summer swoop.

The Bundesliga giants will battle the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the defender's signature.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted the club will trigger Upamecano's £38million release clause.

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 quizzed about a transfer agreement, he 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's interest will come as a huge blow to the long list of other teams that are keen to sign him.

Manchester United have wanted him since he joined Leipzig for £9million in 2017.

But the Red Devils missed out on his signature then because of a row over just £200,000.

Chelsea have been linked to him as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his defensive options.

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Upamecano would provide competition at the back for 36-year-old Thiago Silva.

In November it was reported that Upamecano had emerged as Liverpool's top target.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on him.

Upamecano penned a new contract at Leipzig last summer, tying him down until 2023.

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