Dayot Upamecano is wanted by Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal are in the race to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, according to reports.
Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his defensive options in the summer transfer window but his budget has been restricted due to the team’s failure to secure Champions League football for next season.
According to reports, Emery would have had around £100 million to spend if Arsenal qualified for next season’s Champions League but the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku on Wednesday evening means the Gunners will be in the Europa League next term.
That means Emery’s budget will be around £40m, while several targets could be put off a move to Arsenal due to the lack of Champions League football.
Unai Emery will have around £40m to spend in the summer (Getty Images)According to ESPN, Arsenal are keen on signing Upamecano, while RB Leipzig are aware of the Gunners’ interest.
But the report also claims that the 20-year-old will not look to push for a move to Arsenal due to the club being in the Europa League.
Arsenal will also struggle to meet RB Leipzig’s asking price due to their restricted transfer budget.
Upamecano reportedly has a €100m (£88m) release clause in his deal with RB Leipzig, which expires in 2021.
The French defender was also close to joining Manchester United while he was playing for Valenciennes.
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