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Chelsea have received a boost in the race to sign a key transfer target ahead of the summer transfer window.
Chelsea and Liverpool are the two English clubs keen on signing RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next summer when his release clause of £38million becomes active.
The other club interested in the Frenchman is Bundesliga side Bayern Munich while Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona are no longer interested due to financial constraints.
Volker Struth, the agent of Upamecano, has confirmed the RB Leipzig defender is interested in a move to the Premier League and has revealed a decision will be reached soon.
Struth told Sport1: “The release clause was agreed because the player decided to want to take the next step at some point. It is very likely in the summer.
“Nothing final has been decided yet. The tendency for him to leave the club in the summer is high.
“The release clause is £38m. That is an insane sum in coronavirus times.
“In summer 2019 it was something else. The proportions of the transfer fees have changed. I believe that some clubs have to say goodbye to the market values when they sell players.
“[Apart from the Bundesliga] only the English league is in consideration. The Spanish clubs that were eligible are currently financially unable to do so.
“It’s no secret that there are two interested parties from the Premier League. A decision will be made and announced in the next few weeks.”