Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, and the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the French defender.
That’s according to ESPN.com and Sport both reporting that Barcelona wants to sell the defender in the summer who has struggled to get regular playing time this season. United are hunting for a new centre-back with Chris Smalling’s future that is unclear at the moment, who is on loan at AS Roma.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly have been linked with the Old Trafford club for quite a while, Umtiti is most likely a cheaper option compared to Napoli’s star defender. Coach Quique Setien is willing to give his blessing on the Frenchman’s departure in order to raise funds.
United has long been linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. This is the first time that I have heard about Manchester United pursuing Samuel Umtiti. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true.
He is a good solid player although his form hasn’t been the best this season. Part of it was because of injury and then he also had to deal with competition for his place from other players that plays in his position. As a United fan I am just interested in us obtaining an excellent centre-back, and one that won’t be too expensive. I am looking forward to whatever players United sign this summer.
What do you think of Samuel Umtiti? Do you think that he’ll be a good fit for United? Please tell me what you think in the comments section.