There is hardly a player in the world that would turn down the offer of playing under Man United manager Jose Mourinho. While Man United are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, Samuel Umtiti, who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford has revealed that Man United have other competitors, this is according to report.
Since joining Barcelona from Lyon in the summer of 2016, Umtiti has seen his stock increased as he has imposed himself in the team of the Blaugranas. He has been first choice for Ernesto Valderde’s along Spanish centre-back Gerard Pique.
Man United signed Victor Lindelof last summer to bolster their centre-back but the injury susceptibility of first choice left back Eric Bailly has left Mourinho scampering for another quality centre-back, and Umititi appears to tickle the fancy of the Special One.
According to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have lined up various defenders including Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid. It is uncertain who United will sign but Umititi has confirmed Man United interest in him.
“It’s not only Manchester United,” Umtiti told Canal FC. “Other clubs want me as well, but my sole focus is on Barcelona. It was my dream to play at Barça. And I achieved it when I was just 22. I’m very happy here, whenever I play and whenever I train.
“Negotiations for a contract renewal have not started yet. My release clause is low, but that’s not what I worry about, I focus on the pitch.”
The French defender currently has a £54million release clause but that cannot be a problem for Mourinho who has a knack for spending big to get what he wants. However, if Umtiti pens a contract extension with Barcelona, his release clause is likely going to be substantially increased.
United have not short of central defenders, the priority for the upcoming transfer window should be the signing of a creative midfielder.