Arsenal scout 20-year-old as back-up to Barcelona star target

Dayot Upamecano Arsenal RB Leipzig

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Dayot Upamecano as they prepare for cheaper alternatives to defender Samuel Umtiti

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal's number one defensive target is Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti.

However, the World Cup winning defender is set to cost north of £35 million, which would use up most of Arsenal's summer budget.

As a result, the Gunners are reportedly stepping up their interest in RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

The 20-year-old is highly rated and Arsenal believe he could freshen up a declining backline.

Arsenal had scouts watch the Frenchman as he played 71 minutes for the France Under 21s in a 3-0 win against Belgium.

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