Arsenal boss hints at Umtiti move?
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has dropped the strongest hint yet that he would like to sign a new defender this summer, suggesting that the Spanish coach could make a move for Samuel Umtiti. The Barcelona centre-back has struggled this season with injury and is hoping for more game time.
According to reports, Umtiti is ready to move to the Premier League with a number of clubs watching the player's situation. But it is Arsenal who are rumoured to be in pole position to sign the World Cup winning centre-back.
Emery, who spoke to reporters regarding a move for Umtiti, said:
“He’s a very good player. France has a lot of very good footballers who are playing abroad. The French league is a very attractive market for a lot of teams.
“I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal. I’ve always been able to count on those players.”
It is understood that Arsenal are ready to pay as much as 50 million euros to sign a world class defender this summer.