NEWS
Tuesday July 9 2019
PSG look to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti

Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful on a deal to land Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti this summer, according to reports in Spain.

El Mundo Deportivo say the French champions would prioritise a move for the central defender ahead of fellow Blaugrana teammates Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele - whom they both admire.

It is said that any of these players could act as negotiating tools in the return of Brazilian star Neymar to the Camp Nou this summer, which is appearing to be increasingly inevitable.

France international Umtiti missed five months of last 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, had formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Gerard Pique at the Camp Nou.

However, his fitness issues saw Clement Lenglet take his place in the heart of defence and Umtiti was unable to break back into the team when he recovered from his injury.

Both PSG and Barca appear to have missed out on a deal for Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt, who now looks set for Juventus.

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