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Upamecano: Real Madrid target unlikely to move this summer, says agent

RB Leipzig are unlikely to find a buyer for Dayot Upamecano in the present climate, the France Under-21 international's agent has said.

Wanted man Dayot Upamecano unlikely to leave RB Leipzig

Dayot Upamecano's agent says the Real Madrid target is unlikely to leave RB Leipzig in the next transfer window because there will be no big-money moves in the market.

Upamecano is a defender in demand, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich reportedly also eyeing the France Under-21 international, who is understood to have impressed Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane.

German champions Bayern were thought to be leading the race for his signature prior to the suspension of most domestic leagues in Europe as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Upamecano will be too expensive for clubs this summer, says agent Struth

But with the financial situations of several of European football's big hitters unclear due to the Covid-19 crisis, Upamecano's representative, Volker Struth, thinks his client will stay put for the time being.

Speaking to Sport 1, he said: "I don't believe in large transfers this summer and I think Upamecano is a player who will demand a large fee. So the statement has already been made."

Top two German divisions gearing up for return from coronavirus suspension

The top two tiers in Germany are due to resume next weekend after getting the go-ahead to continue the 2019-20 season behind closed doors from the government.

The Bundesliga was the first of Europe's major leagues to confirm restart plans after suspending competition in March.