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Manchester United put on alert as Barcelona place Samuel Umtiti on the transfer market

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Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell defender Samuel Umtiti and Manchester United are said to be preparing an offer.

Barcelona are thought to be embarking on a mission to raise funds to help with their planned summer outlay and some big-name players face the axe.

It's reported that Las Blaugranas are aiming to make up to €130m in player sales and Samuel Umtiti will account for a piece of that target.

The French defender has struggled with fitness for large parts of his career at the Camp Nou and as a result, has struggled to nail down a starting place.

This season, Umtiti has had a somewhat better run of games and even featured in Barcelona's 2-0 defeat to rivals Real Madrid at the start of March.

The Catalan giants supposedly see this as the perfect time to sell Umtiti - with his stock relatively stable.

According to Sport, Manchester United are very interested in the 26-year-old and could be willing to make an offer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be on the hunt for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire at the base of his defence.

Although, Eric Bailly's return to fitness has sparked some excitement amongst United fans and the Ivorian could have a big part to play yet.

Quique Setien has had to concede to the higher powers at Barcelona and back the sale of Umtiti, despite taking a liking to the player.

Umtiti's current contract ties him to the club until 2023, which means the defender won't come very cheap.

Barcelona signed Umtiti from Lyon in 2016 for €25m, and he has a current release clause of €500m.

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