Rivals Arsenal and Spurs in bidding war over £50m defender

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are battling for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano’s signature, according to reports.

The centre-back has been heavily linked with Arsenal over the past six months with the Gunners looking to strengthen their backline.

Over the summer it was reported that Arsenal, and everyone else interested, were put off by Leipzig’s huge £70m asking price for Upamecano.

However, the Daily Express now claims that Leipzig’s asking price is now a more acceptable £50m for the Frenchman and that Arsenal and Tottenham are now willing to meet their demands in January.

Manchester City have also been linked with Upamecano in the past and with Aymeric Laporte out for a lengthy period it wouldn’t be a shock to see them bid for the defender.

Tottenham have conceded 29 goals in the Premier League this season, while Arsenal – who currently occupy 12th position in the Premier League – have let in 30.

Meanwhile, the Gunners lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday after leading at half-time.

New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Jorginho should have been dismissed for a second yellow card, but insisted the Gunners only have themselves to blame for defeat.

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Arsenal have now lost four consecutive home matches in all competitions for the first time in 60 years.

Asked whether Jorginho should have been sent off, Arteta said: “I think that’s up to the referee but for me it’s very clear. That’s it.

“I blame my team (for defeat). We are responsible for everything we did wrong on that football pitch.

“The decisions we didn’t get right, obviously. The other things we cannot control or change them now.”


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