Bayern Munich legend urges the German champions to sign top United target

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Bayern Munich legend, Lothar Matthaus has urged the German club to make a move for RB Leipzig defender and Manchester United target, Dayot Upamecano.

The German giants appear set to lose two of their main defenders soon, with David Alaba and Jerome Boateng on the verge of leaving.

£45 million rated Upamecano was linked with United during the summer, but Matthaus believes Bayern can beat the Red Devils to the signing of the young defender.

“Jerome is prone to injury and has reached a certain age at 32,” Matthaus told AZ.

“In the past few years he has often had to take criticism, including from me, and that was justified. But he always behaved professionally and enjoyed a great comeback under Hansi Flick.

“One thing is clear, if David Alaba should go alongside Boateng, Bayern will need a replacement.

“There are, of course, some internal solutions: Lucas Hernandez, Niklas Sule, Benjamin Pavard and the young Tanguy Nianzou. From what I hear, Nianzou must be a giant, a really great talent.

“Nevertheless, reinforcement from outside would be needed. Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano would certainly be a player that would fit very well in terms of quality.”

Matthaus added, “He has a release clause that allows him to move for €50m. That would be easy for Bayern.”

United are also in need of their own defensive reinforcements, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire struggling, and Eric Bailly, out with an injury.

Reports have suggested a move could be made for Upamecano in January, but it isn’t clear if United will be keen to make the move during the winter transfer window.