Arsenal, West Ham and Everton ‘involved in triple Premier League fight for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’ … but the French international wants to stay and fight for his place in the Nou Camp
- Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is linked with Arsenal, West Ham and Everton
- The defender struggled with the LaLiga match for playtime this season
- But the 26-year-old wants to stay and fight for his place in the Nou Camp
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is reportedly wanted by Arsenal, West Ham and Everton.
The LaLiga party, which wants to lower their salary for next season, would like to lend the 26-year-old to potential candidates who can buy at the end of the campaign.
El Mundo Deportivo report that a loan move is the most likely option with Arsenal, West Ham and Everton all interested. Manchester United and Chelsea were previously linked to the central defender.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is reportedly wanted by Arsenal, West Ham and Everton
French clubs Marseille, Lyon and Rennes are also reportedly monitoring the situation.
But Umtiti wants to stay and fight for his place in the Nou Camp, despite dropping the pecking order.
Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique are the first choice center backs and Lenglet has also taken Umtiti’s place in the French national side.
France center-back Clement Lenglet (right) is preferred over Umtiti at club and international level
Ronald Araujo has also been promoted to the first team, which means there is even more competition in the defense of the Catalan.
With only 13 league games for Barcelona this season, Umtiti may have to include the option of a loan move if he wants to make his way back to the French team.
However, a knee injury kept him out of the club’s last five league games, which could hinder a possible move.
Barca has reportedly put almost half of their squad up for sale with ‘offers invited’ for 12 players, including Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.
Umtiti is one of the 12 players on the list, curated by Marca, along with Ivan Rakitic, Neto, Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo, Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Rafinha Alcantara and Jean-Clair Todibo
The 26-year-old is one of 12 players reportedly looking to offload the Catalans this summer