Samuel Umtiti on the brink of exit as Barcelona looks to sell the World Cup winner.
Barcelona is ready to sell Samuel Umtiti this summer as the club wants to kick-start their transfer strategy. Moreover, The Catalans want to build funds for the transfers of big players like Neymar and Lautaro Martinez.
According to Sport, Spanish Club has put up a price tag of £27m (€30m) for the 2018 world cup winner. Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the clubs who have taken an interest in Umtiti.
However, Umtiti signed a five-year deal with Barcelona in 2018 just before the start of the World Cup 2018. Moreover, his release clause was set to €500 million when he signed the contract. However, Umtiti has started in just 22 league games since the start of the 2018-19 La Liga season.
Samuel Umtiti’s injury and the struggle
The 26-year-old French international has struggled with a persistent knee injury over the last couple of seasons. Before the injury, Umtiti was the first-choice center back and very influential character to the team as he featured in 50 games in his first two seasons at Barcelona.
Clement Lenglet has overtaken Samuel Umtiti to partner Gerard Pique in defense. In addition to that, Umtiti has featured less for the French national team as well. Samuel Umtiti remains hopeful of reviving his career with a fresh start at a new club.
What can Samuel Umtiti offer to the clubs looking for him?
Samuel Umtiti is a defender known for his physical strength, anticipation, and distribution. In addition to that, he has excellent ability in the air, tackling, and stamina. Moreover, he can carry the ball out from the defense or pick a teammate making runs into the channel.
Arsenal is looking for a quality center-back to eliminate their defensive vows. The Gunners had their defense exposed often in the league this season. They look to purchase Samuel Umtiti and boost their defense for next season.
Manchester United want Samuel Umtiti to replace Victor Lindelof in their defense. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admires the Frenchman’s aerial ability and Lindelof has struggled for aerial duels in the past. The defensive pair of Harry Maguire and Samuel Umtiti can boost up United’s chances for trophies next season.
Paris Saint-Germain has identified Umtiti as their prime target to replace Thiago Silva. PSG leads the race as Umtiti prefers his home ahead of any other clubs. Paris showed interest in him earlier but the defender chose Barcelona eventually.