Former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick believes center-back Dayot Upamecano would be a success at Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old has been linked to many of the best European teams in recent years, and Liverpool and Bayern are currently inclined to make a move for him.
The Reds are expected to sign a new center-back in the January transfer window after seeing Virgil van Dijk ruled out for several months with a knee injury amid a mounting defensive crisis.
Meanwhile, Bayern are likely to lose David Alaba and Jerome Boateng at the end of the season and will have to invest in their bottom line.
The French international Upamecano was recently endorsed to become a world-class star by current Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, and his former boss Rangnick believes he is good enough for the champions of Europe and Germany.
When asked if he thinks he would stand out in Bavaria, Rangnick told Sport1: “Why not? Bayern knows this player well, that can be assumed. Physically, Bayern saw that in direct duels: no one will escape him. .
“He may still have an extra risky ball or two in a game, but he will certainly learn in the years to come.
“I got to know Upa and her family for many years. They not only make decisions that sound good to them in terms of their image, but they also make decisions based on the feeling of what is best for the player himself.
But Upamecano is not the only defender on Nagelsmann’s side who can reach the top level according to Rangnick, as he highlighted Ibrahim Konate, 21, as a star.
“There are some others in Leipzig: I see Ibrahim Konate on the same level,” he said.
Bayern signed up-and-coming defender Tanguy Nianzou from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window and while the 18-year-old is not yet on Hansi Flick’s squad, Rangnick believes he will become a regular starter in no time. .
“I was in contact with the player and his parents for two years,” he added. “He is an exceptional talent and he will be one of the best center-backs of the next 10 years.
“If he stays healthy, he will be a regular in a year.”