Man Utd missed out on Upamecano transfer after he visited training ground as a teen but are now battling Arsenal for him – The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED missed out on signing Dayot Upamecano in 2015 after the French star visited the club's training ground as a teenager.
The in-demand defender, 21, visited Carrington just days before sealing his move from Valenciennes to Austrian side Liefering – Red Bull Salzburg's feeder team – in 2015.
According to France Football, Upamecano took a trip to Man Utd that summer, still aged just 16.
The powerful centre-back was given a tour of the Aon Training Complex and even engaged in talks with the club.
However, United – then under the leadership of Louis van Gaal – failed to make their move and he instead joined Austrian second-tier side Liefering.
After one impressive season, he moved up from Liefering to Red Bull Salzburg, before moving to Red Bull Leipzig in 2017.
Now, having missed out on a minuscule transfer fee opportunity five years ago they are set to battle Arsenal for his signature in a £55million deal this summer.
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