Manchester United and Arsenal could lock horns for Barcelona defender

Samuel Umtiti

Reports in Spain say that Manchester United and Arsenal are looking to bring Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti to England this summer.

The two clubs are on the hunt for a new centre-back and the France international could be sacrificed by Barça as they plan a squad reshuffle in the off-season.

El Mundo Deportivo believes both clubs are tracking the player, pointing out that Gunners director of football Raul Sanllehi played a big role in Umtiti’s move to Catalonia from Lyon in 2016.

The 25-year-old missed five months of this season with a knee injury and could be let go by Barcelona, who are looking to raise funds in their pursuit of Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.

United made an effort to sign Umtiti before he penned a new Camp Nou deal last summer, but the report says he has not been forgotten by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

The defender’s new contract came with a mammoth €500 million release clause (around £426 million), but that would be overlooked if Barcelona are open to a sale at the end of the season.

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