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Man Utd open talks to sign £53m Frenchman as Solskjaer continues spending spree

Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona to discuss a deal to sign Samuel Umtiti as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to overhaul his squad

Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd are linked with Samuel Umtiti….

Manchester United have opened initial talks with Barcelona to discuss a potential deal to sign Samuel Umtiti this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to overhaul his squad, according to reports in Spain via the Daily Mail.

United chiefs have been working hard trying to secure their summer targets ahead of the new season and they’ve already splashed out on winger Daniel James while right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on the verge of joining from Crystal Palace.

Solskjaer is still looking to further strengthen his defence with a top class centre-back but he’s been forced to look at alternative targets after being priced out of moves for the likes of Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly.

It seems his search has taken him to Spain as the Daily Mail are citing a report from El Mundo Deportivo that claims Man Utd have made contact with Barcelona to discuss a potential deal to sign Samuel Umtiti.

The 25-year-old has struggled with knee injuries since joining Barca from Lyon in 2016 and he’s behind Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet in Ernesto Valverde’s pecking order. Umtiti could find regular football even harder to find if Barcelona are successful in signing Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt.

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L’Equipe claimed last month that the Catalans would be willing to cash-in on Umtiti if £53m [€60m] is put on the table this summer and that kind of deal may be tempting for United considering the figures they’ve been quoted for other centre-back targets.

Man Utd need to improve at the back after conceding 54 Premier League goals last season – the most they’ve conceded in 40 years – and I think Umtiti would be an excellent signing if they could lure him to Old Trafford.

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However, any potential deal is probably dependent on Barcelona signing a replacement and they’re reportedly losing out to Juventus in the race for De Ligt so that could be a blow to United’s hopes of landing Umtiti unless the Spaniard’s land an alternative target.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Naish

    June 27, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    MAN UNITED SHOULD ASK FOR ISCO IN POGBA DEAL AND USE THE OTHER PART FOR DYBALA,AND SPORTING STAR PLUS RABIOT IN MIDField And get lindolof partiner in his formal club.Loan or sale Alexis and Jones.

    • Glendon

      June 29, 2019 at 3:59 am

      True I think ManchesterUnited should get isco in pogba deal and sing dybala and a good cb

  2. CHEMUTAI KEVIN LITTLE TABOI

    June 28, 2019 at 4:44 am

    That’s true,you have come up with a good idea.

  3. Luka Anei

    June 28, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Man utd should sell the likes of jones,sanchez,smalling even pogba if he want leave lets him go.

    • Francisco

      June 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      Pogba should be allow to go if his heart is in the club his playing for, otherwise he will cause more problems to the our new manager as he did for Jose M.thanks

  4. Olanrefront Dare

    June 28, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Man utd must buy Bruno Fanandez,Nicole Pepe, Dybala, Doglas Costa, Icadi or Aubameyang and Harry Maguire

    Out: Jones, Sanchez, Pogba, Rojo, Young, Damian,Lukaku

    • Glendon

      June 29, 2019 at 4:01 am

      True thay should buy all of them and go win the league

  5. Optimism

    June 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Man Utd should sell Jones, young, to fund any other CB to pair with lindelof and should also request the swap dybala, d. Costa for pogba and buy Bruno Fernandes

  6. Mufaro Mugabe

    June 28, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Umtiti is a good defender but often found wanting on aerial tussles due to his height. Will be a good acquisition though.

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