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Arsenal ‘interested in signing Samuel Umtiti’ as Barcelona exit nears

Samuel Umtiti ‘ready to leave Barcelona’ in the summer after injury-plagued season… with Arsenal ‘interested in signing’ French defender despite health problems

  • Samuel Umtiti seems to be heading for the starting gate in Barcelona in the summer
  • The 28-year-old has only made one appearance all season for the Catalan giants.
  • Umtiti is believed to be admired by Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta.

French defender Samuel Umtiti is set to leave Barcelona in the summer and could head to Arsenal, according to reports.

Umtiti has been looking to move away from the Catalan giants in recent years and it looks like he will finally get his wish.

The 28-year-old, born in Cameroon, only played once for Barcelona this season and missed three months of the campaign with a broken toe.

Samuel Umtiti has been linked with a move to Arsenal as he prepares to leave Barcelona.

Samuel Umtiti has been linked with a move to Arsenal as he prepares to leave Barcelona.

According to the Daily StarUmtiti could be offered to Arsenal in the next window, with manager Mikel Arteta reportedly interested in bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are believed to have long admired Umtiti, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and came close to signing the centre-back on loan in January.

Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon for around £25m in 2016 and enjoyed a superb start to his career at Camp Nou before his stay in Spain was affected by injuries.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly a fan of the World Cup winner France.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly a fan of the World Cup winner France.

Umtiti joined Barcelona in 2016 but his career has been cut short by injury after a promising start.

Umtiti joined Barcelona in 2016 but his career has been cut short by injury after a promising start.

He has played 133 times for the Spanish club, scoring two goals.

Barca are believed to be willing to let Umtiti go due to concerns about his fitness and Arsenal could be in the market for a defender amid doubts about William Saliba’s future.

Saliba spent last season on loan at France’s Marseille but is set to return to Arsenal when the campaign is over.

However, he has refused to rule out the possibility of staying at Marseille, after flourishing at the club and receiving the Ligue 1 young player of the year award.

William Saliba's future at Arsenal remains in doubt after his breakout season at Marseille

William Saliba’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt after his breakout season at Marseille

It is an honor, a source of pride. I dedicate this trophy to my teammates, my club and the fans,” Saliba said at Sunday’s award ceremony in Paris.

‘Did I play my last match with OM? I don’t know. The future will tell us.

“The most important thing is to confirm this good season by qualifying for the Champions League. Then we’ll see.

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