Reports: Barca Star Could Join Man Utd
Reports: FC Barcelona Star Could Join Manchester United
A FC Barcelona star could reportedly join Manchester United after talks over a contract extension at the Camp Nou reportedly broke down, and the Blaugrana have already identified a replacement.
Samuel Umtiti’s current deal still runs until June 2021, but the club are keen to extend contractl because it includes a €60 million (R869 million) release clause.
The Frenchman has impressed since joining the Catalan giants for €25 million (R362 million), and United are reportedly keen to lure him to the Old Trafford.
Latest reports by Sport suggest that talks between Umtiti’s camp and the club have broken down over the 24-year-old’s salary demands. According to the report, Umtiti wants to be in the same salary bracket as the likes of Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, while the club feel his demands are too high.
United, meanwhile, are monitoring the situation from the sidelines and would be prepared to pay his €60 million release clause. Jose Mourinho is understood to have called Umtiti personally to tell him the English giants' would offer the French defender a contract in the region of €9 million (R130 million) per year.
Barcelona, though, might struggle to meet Umtiti’s salary demands because they are also eyeing Antoine Griezmann in the coming transfer window, and the Atletico Madrid superstar would reportedly earn at least €15 million (R217 million) per season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have reportedly already identified a potential replacement for Umtiti in Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet, who has impressed this season and has a €30 million (R435 million) buyout option in his contract.
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