Manchester United have already started planning for the next transfer window and have identified a list of targets which can take them all the way next season.
Jose Mourinho will go all out this summer transfer window in order to challenge City for the Premier League title next season. And this includes a defensive revamp!
Their defense, even after having the 2nd best defensive record in the League, isn’t reliable and steady. Players like Smalling, Darmian, Blind, Shaw are not performing on a regular basis and are very inconsistent. Their star centre-back, Eric Bailly, has missed major part of the season due to injury. And to answer the situation, Man United have set their eyes on this Barcelona defender.
Man United target Barcelona center-back, Samuel Umtiti, according to Spanish Reports!
Umtiti has been crucial for Barcelona at the back since joining them from Lyon in 2016. He has made 76 appearances for Barca since then but the 24-year-old defender has been at the center of the speculation linking him to Man United.
The France international is being offered hefty wages, nearly £150,000-a-week (£7.9million-a-year), by the English giants, this could be a major factor in deciding his future.
Reports also suggest that Jose Mourinho has been personally in contact with Umtiti, and has offered him these wages and a crucial role in the first team in a private phone call and the centre-back has had his head turned.
This could be a bad loss for Barcelona. With their arch rivals, Real Madrid already planning to strengthen their squad further (Read: Real Madrid agree deal to sign Superstar Striker!), the Catalan side can not afford to loose a player of Umtiti’s quality.
His current release clause stands at £52m (€60m), and Man United will have no problems matching that fee to land their main-target in the coming summer. The club is also looking to generate some funds by selling Smalling, Shaw, Darmian and Blind.
Whether or not, Umtiti dons the Red Shirt at the Old Trafford next season, United are looking to change the shape of their squad, which could be a warning to their rivals.
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