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Barcelona accept French defender may join Manchester United


Samuel Umtiti news

Umtiti leaning towards Man United switch
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Barcelona are growing fearful of Samuel Umtiti's future at the Camp Nou beyond the summer. The France international is said to have already received a contract offer from Manchester United.

According to Sport, the Catalan giants are looking into probable replacements for the former Lyon graduate with the defender having made his mind up for a fresh challenge.

Umtiti had initially planned to sign a new bumper contract with the La Liga leaders, but the club's hierarchy are supposedly reluctant to offer him a fresh deal in the near future owing to the Financial Fair Play regulations.

As a result, United are said to have expressed an interest in signing the centre-back and they are supposedly willing to trigger the £52m release clause on his contract as well as match his wage demands of £150,000-a-week.

Manchester United are currently weighing up the futures of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and one of the duo could be offloaded to facilitate the arrival of Umtiti.