The highly-rated Frenchman has a release clause in the summer of just £38m and has a series of potential suitors, with the player’s representative Volker Struth claiming there are two ‘top’ English clubs as well as Bayern Munich leading the way.
The 22-year-old helped RB Leipzig reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and has set about spearheading an attempt to dethrone Bayern Munich domestically.
A powerful centre-back who has already earned international recognition, Upamecano will likely be highly sought-after in the summer and new Chelsea manager Tomas Tuchel will surely be keen to land what would be a statement signing.
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Whilst Thiago Silva’s arrival has gone some way to shoring up the previous defensive frailties, there remains a few question marks over the experienced Brazilian’s long-term partner.
Also, Silva is no spring chicken at 36, so signing a successor to the former PSG man could be high on Tuchel’s to-do list.
Upamecano ticks both boxes, and signing the Frenchman in the summer should provide an excellent answer to Chelsea’s defensive problems, although there’s some fierce competition to beat for that scenario to become a reality.