Arsenal mull move for Barca’s Umtiti

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Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Barca are expected to bring in a few new faces this summer after their Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool and, as such, they are also looking to offload some of their current players.

Umtiti could be one of the more high-profile departures from Camp Nou, alongside Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic, and France’s L’Equipe have now claimed the Gunners are considering a move for the centre-half.

The Frenchman has previously stated he intends to remain with the Catalan giants, but the decision may well be taken out of his hands if Barca receive an acceptable offer.

The report indicates Barcelona will demand a fee in the region of 60million euros for Umtiti and that could prove to be a stumbling block for Arsenal, particularly if they lose the Europa League final and miss out on a spot in next season’s Champions League.

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