Barcelona confident of staving off interest in Samuel Umtiti from Manchester United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona are confident of staving off Manchester United’s interest in signing defender Samuel Umtiti this summer, according to reports.

Umtiti’s current contract at the Nou Camp runs until 2012 but contains a release clause of just £54m, prompting negotiations over a new deal.

The Frenchman’s camp and Barcelona chiefs have since struggled to strike an agreement, with Umtiti demanding a considerable package, and Man United are among the clubs to take note and express interest in his services following an excellent campaign under Ernesto Valverde.

But according to the Daily Mail‘s Adam Crafton, Barcelona are confident that Umtiti, who has previously stated a desire to remain at his current club, will soon put pen to paper on a new deal.

Jose Mourinho wants to further reinforce his options at the back after seeing Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, his first choice pairing to start with this season, continually miss out through injury. The same can be said of Marcos Rojo, while Victor Lindelof is yet to fully acclimatise.

Prizing Umtiti away from Barcelona may prove impossible, which explains why the emphasis has been turned towards securing the services of Toby Alderweireld, who will be allowed to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

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