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Tottenham consider swoop for £50m-rated French defender starring in the Bundesliga

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Tottenham are monitoring RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano

Tottenham are willing to meet the £50m valuation for RB Leipzig’s 21-year-old French centre-back Dayot Upamecano. (h/t Express)

The Frenchman is held is high regard in Germany and has amassed 94 appearances for Leipzig since moving from sister club RB Salzburg in 2017.

His playing style has been compared to that of Barcelona star Gerard Pique and Leipzig are open to selling him provided they can sign Tanguy Kouassi from Paris Saint Germain. (h/t Express)

Upamecano has refused to extend his contract with Red Bull beyond 2021.

Dayot Upamecano
Dayot Upamecano (L) battles for the ball in a Champions League game (Image credit: AFP)

Spurs have had the worst defensive record in the league since Mourinho arrived. Things haven’t improved with Norwich twice pouncing on mistakes at the back to hold us to a draw.

With veterans such as Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose not committing and Toby Alderweireld looking off the pace, Mourinho has admitted that he is unsure of our best defensive setup. (h/t Daily Mail)

Moreover, these players are not getting any younger. It makes sense for Spurs to build a new defensive core going into the new decade.

Upamecano fits this bill perfectly and is a good interceptor of the ball while being dominant aerially. (h/t Whoscored)

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Premier League rivals Manchester City and Arsenal are also interested in the defender as they seek to rebuild their defences.

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