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La Liga Star Offers Cryptic Response When Quizzed About £60m Man Utd Move

Samuel Umtiti refused to provide a straight answer when quizzed about reports linking him with a £60m move to Manchester United this summer

The transfer window is closed but managers are working hard on their plans for the summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, some interesting stuff on Samuel Umtiti…

Samuel Umtiti refused to provide a straight answer when quizzed about reports linking him with a £60m move to Manchester United this summer, according to the Mirror.

Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2016 and has developed in to one of the best young centre-backs in Europe having cemented himself as a regular in Eresto Valverde’s side this season.

However, the 24-year-old’s future at the Nou Camp has been questioned recently as the defender is yet to sign a new contract after talks over an extension stalled due to his wage demands.

The Mirror claim that Umtiti wants to move up to the second tier pay-band at Barca alongside the likes of Andreas Iniesta and Luis Suarez but the Catalans are refusing to meet those terms.

It’s led to speculation that Umtiti could be heading to the Premier League with the newspaper report suggesting that United are ready to meet the players £60m release clause this summer.

The Daily Mail also reported recently that Jose Mourinho had personally called Umtiti to offer him a lucrative contract worth £7.8m per season if he made a move to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

United will have been listening with interest after Umtiti refused to give a straight answer when quizzed about these reports during a question and answer session ahead of France’s win over Russia last night.

According to the Mirror, Umtiti was asked:

“In the last few weeks there has been talk of Manchester United’s interest in you. Are you interested?”

To which he simply replied:

“Joker”

With this response, Umtiti missed his opportunity to squash any talk of a move to United and commit himself to Barca so I’m sure his answer will have been well received at Old Trafford.

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Mourinho is expected to be in the market for a new centre-back this summer as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are being linked with moves and I think Umtiti would be an excellent signing if United could pull it off.

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