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Angelino swap could save Man City millions in the transfer market

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Manchester City fans looking for a Bundesliga team to follow this weekend could do worse than settle on RB Leipzig as they re-start their season at home to Freiburg.

Manager Julian Nagelsmann has his side well-placed in third, a point off Borussia Dortmund and four behind leaders Bayern Munich. They’re attacking, good to watch, and score an average of 2.5 goals per game. They are also in the Champions League quarter-finals and have City loanee Angelino impressing as a left wing-back. What’s not to like?

Nagelsmann has been likened to City boss Pep Guardiola in the past, and the pair chat throughout the season, discussing tactics among other things.

Another appealing factor to Leipzig is their talented young defender Dayot Upamecano, who has been linked with becoming City’s major centre-back signing this summer.

Upamecano’s agent Volker Struth recently cast doubt over the Frenchman leaving Leipzig, saying: “I don’t believe large transfers will take place this summer. And I think Upamecano is a player who will demand a large fee. So the statement has already been made.”

However, in Angelino, City have a player that Leipzig want as well, and he might prove useful in driving that ‘large fee’ down by millions.

Leipzig already have an option to buy Angelino at the end of the season for £26m, in a move that appears to make sense for City, Leipzig and Angelino himself.

But the latest reports from Germany suggest Leipzig are not willing to spend that much on the Spaniard and might look to secure a better deal. In fairness, City would have done exceptionally well to get £26m for a fringe player who cost just £5.5m to buy-back from PSV Eindhoven last summer.

So if City were interested in signing Upamecano, and happy for Angelino to leave, then surely a deal could be done to keep the Leipzig defender’s price at a reasonable level, while effectively securing a return on the money they spent on Angelino last year. It would be win-win, in a summer where the transfer market will be more unpredictable than ever.

To keep any hopes of such a deal alive, it’s in City’s best interest for Angelino to continue performing at the same high level from before the Bundesliga suspension, starting today against Freiburg. They might be keeping an eye on Upamecano, too.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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