Umtiti holds Barca meeting after further interest from Manchester

Umtiti holds Barca meeting after further interest from Manchester

January 3, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Samuel Umtiti has held talks with Barcelona over a new contract after interest from Premier League duo Manchester United and Manchester City.

The French international joined the Catalan side last summer from French club Lyon and he has instantly become a regular starter and fan favourite at the club, forming a solid partnership with Gerard Pique and ousting Javier Mascherano from the starting eleven.

Matched with his club form, the central defender has excelled for the French national side and will be looking to consolidate his place at the heart of their defence for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Whilst a new deal with Barcelona is yet to be discussed; his release clause of €60m is beginning to link him with a move out of the Camp Nou.

Man United boss Mourinho is keen to push Barca and test their resolve over his relatively cheap release fee, whilst Man City’s Pep Guardiola has also reportedly discussed a bid for the young defender.

And, that has now led the Catalan club to move and improve that figure, after they saw Liverpool pay £75m for Virgil Van Dijk to Southampton.

Officials believe that United and City will attempt to spend similar and reach Umtiti’s release clause and have therefore now have held discussions with the Frenchman’s agent.

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Interest in Umtiti is far fetched, given Barca’s desire to build on he and Pique’s partnership, offering the latter a new deal recently.