Barcelona put former Manchester United target up for sale

Date published: Monday 25th March 2019 2:53

Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Barcelona would consider selling Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United if it aided their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt.

Umtiti was linked with United last summer but signed a new contract with Barcelona in June.

The 25-year-old has started nine games in La Liga and the Champions League combined this season however, with a knee injury restricting his opportunities under Ernesto Valverde.

That has influenced Barca’s targeting of De Ligt, who they view as Gerard Pique’s long-term replacement.

The Daily Mail report that Umtiti ‘is a player for whom they would listen to offers’ as they seek to raise enough funds to sign the Dutchman.

Ajax have already arranged a deal to sell Frenkie de Jong to Barca for €85million and would want the same amount for centre-half De Ligt.

Offloading former United target Umtiti to Old Trafford would therefore raise enough money to fund that deal.

 

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