Man Utd pushing hard to sign star with £425million clause – Face competition

Samuel Umtiti

In the summer transfer window, Manchester United broke the bank to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the history of the game.

If reports in the media are anything to go by then the Red Devils are linked with another central defender as they look to strengthen things at the back.

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According to El Desmarque, Barca are looking to offload French international Samuel Umtiti and they could accept proposals from English clubs like Man Utd, Tottenham and Arsenal, who are all pushing hard to sign him,

The Les Bleus center half joined the Catalan giants in 2016 and quickly became a regular starter. He helped the team win the league title in his debut campaign and also in the 2017-18 season.

Umtiti also played a pivotal role in France’s World Cup winning campaign in Russia but unfortunately, the former Lyon defender has mainly been on the treatment table in the past year or so.

Last season, he was mostly out due to a knee injury and only featured 14 times in the La Liga. As far as the current campaign is concerned, so far, the 26-year-old has only made 5 league appearances and even after returning from injury, Valverde has mostly opted to keep him on the bench. So, Umtiti must leave the Spanish champions for regular first team football.

At Old Trafford, even after spending a lot to reinforce the back-line in the summer, Solskjaer’s men have only managed to keep 3 clean sheets in the league so far and have already conceded 25 goals.

Now that center halves like Maguire, Rojo and Bailly are out injured, the Norwegian manager should move to sign a top defender. Samuel Umtiti, when fit, has proved that he is a quality player. In your view, should Man Utd move to sign him?

His current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2023 (FCB) and it has a mammoth clause of 500 million euros (£425million).

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