Dayot Upamecano’s agreed Bayern Munich move facing delays with defender ‘being held hostage by bizarre contract’… with Leipzig expecting him to report to training unless Bundesliga champions ‘pay up HALF of his remaining wages’
In February both Bayern and Leipzig publicly confirmed a deal had been struck to see the transfer of the French defender at the end of the season.
Now, however, reports in Germany state that because Upamecano’s £38.5million release clause was triggered, the day in which he officially departs Leipzig has been pushed back.
Dayot Upamecano’s move to Bayern Munich faces being slowed down by an ugly contract snag
It was widely assumed across both parties that Upamecano would become a Leipzig player on July 1, but according to Bild a further delay of up to two-weeks is now on the cards.
The report states that the 22-year-old’s contract end date is not until July 15th because his release clause was triggered.
Bild report that Bayern do have one option of getting their man on board earlier, but this entails a commitment to halve Upamecano’s current monthly salary (approximately €200,000).
Upamecano starred in Europe for Leipzig this season and had a host of European interest
The Bavarians are said to be unwilling to take this action and this stage.
Leipzig commerical director Florian Scholz has since confirmed the information with Bild, noting that the club still expect the young Frenchman to report for pre-season training despite his impending exit.
Scholz said: ‘It would certainly make more sense for both clubs if Dayot Upamecano started preparing for his new club after the summer break.
‘However, it is correct that this is not the case with the current contractual arrangement. That’s why we expect him to start training at RB Leipzig.’
Bayern fought off fierce competition to tie up the signing of Upamecano, despite interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea.
Leipzig have confirmed they still expect the Frenchman to report for pre-season training
In February Bayern announced the signing and noted a July 1 agreement, which has altered
The Bavarians made a pledge to the youngster of guarantee game time, following the exit of club icon David Alaba who recently joined Real Madrid in La Liga.
‘We’re happy that we’ve been able to sign Dayot Upamecano for FC Bayern Munich,’ said club board member Hasan Salihamidzic after the clubs confirmed the agreement in February.
‘We’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of our team in the coming years,’ he added.