Barcelona ‘prepared to sell’ Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United

Barcelona are prepared to sell defender Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United this summer should a €70m offer or more come in, say Diario Sport.

The France international has missed five months of this season with a knee injury but is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football.

The Cameroon-born defender, who joined from Lyon in 2016, has formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Gerard Pique at the Camp Nou.

However, the Blaugrana are keen on a deal for Ajax captain and central defender Matthijs de Ligt and reportedly need to raise funds in order to further first-team reinvestment.

The emergence of Clement Lenglet and the pursuit of de Ligt has clouded his future at Barca, who reportedly need to raise funds from first-team squad sales in order to add new signings.

The report in Sport claims there is a degree of tension between the player and the club, who no longer see him as indispensable and where a sale may be logical.

It follows on from a report in El Mundo Deportivo earlier in the week that a move to Old Trafford this summer is a possibility.

Umtiti signed a new contract at the Camp Nou in June 2018 until 2024 with a huge €500m release clause, but that could become irrelevant should the club need sales this summer.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in a move, although the North London side’s finances may restrict a potential deal.

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