Dayot Upamecano admits it never entered his thought-process to sign for a Premier League club this summer.
The 22-year-old has already put pen to paper on a £38million transfer that will see him move across the Bundesliga from RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
It’s a path that is set to be well-trodden, as an announcement on the highly-rated French defender was promptly followed up by head coach Julian Nagelsmann deciding to jump ship, too.
Upamecano emerged as a possible target for Manchester United as they continue the search for a new partner for their £80million captain Harry Maguire.
Capped three times by his country, the soon-to-be Munich centre-back was also reportedly being tracked by Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Neither of those moves ultimately materialised, though, and Upamecano has since broken silence on a transfer that will be rubber-stamped and sanctioned on July 1.
Upamecano said: “I was sure relatively quickly that I wanted to stay in Germany and in the Bundesliga.
“I like it here, the level of the games, the fans, the stadiums.
“Whenever FC Bayern gets in touch, you are really proud. It doesn’t get much higher, especially when you’ve played in Leipzig before.”
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Although the French defender, who is set for pastures new after four years with Leipzig, was viewed as a potential target for United, Manchester Evening News understands he was never a top priority.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and key figures responsible for transfers at Old Trafford do hold an interest in Villarreal ace Pau Torres, though, while Spanish giants Real Madrid are open to selling Raphael Varane during the upcoming window.
Upcamecano was, meanwhile, snapped-up by Bayern as a long-term replacement for David Alaba – who is thought to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Real.