The race for Dayot Upamecano was won by Bayern Munich, with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic announcing that an agreement was reached to sign the defender from RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old French international is one of Europe’s highest-rated defenders, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United having an interest in a player with a €42.5 million (£38m/$52m) release clause.

With David Alaba set to leave the club when his contract expires in the summer, Bayern has been searching for a new defensive option.

In January, the Bavarians announced their involvement, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying that Upamecano was on their radar as a player.

They were favorites to sign the central defender from the moment Bayern announced their interest, and it seems they moved quickly to strike a deal.

On Friday, Salihamidzic told Bild that a deal had been reached and that Upamecano will be heading for a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena.

“I can confirm that Dayot Upamecano will join FC Bayern,” Salihamidzic told Bild.

“Over several months, we had very nice, intense and professional discussions. At the end of a long process the player, family and management were convinced that FC Bayern is the right partner for the future.”

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