Manchester United ‘approach Barcelona about Samuel Umtiti’ as Catalan giants battle Juventus for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt
- Manchester United have reportedly approached Barcelona about Samuel Umtiti
- The French defender missed the last five months of the season through injury
- Barcelona say the player is not for sale although the situation could change
- The Catalan giants are waiting on the final decision of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt
Manchester United have reportedly approached Barcelona about the availability of France defender Samuel Umtiti.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued United’s long-term search for a new centre half following predecessor Jose Mourinho’s attempts to recruit a new option at the heart of his defence last summer.
Man United have reportedly approached Barcelona regarding Samuel Umtiti (bottom centre)
The French World Cup winner missed the last five months of the season through injury
The Catalan giants are linked with United target and Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt.
They are waiting on the Dutch defender’s final decision regarding a move away from Amsterdam, with reports in Italy on Wednesday suggesting Juventus had won the race for his signature.
Barcelona have also expressed an interest in United’s 24-year-old defender Victor Lindelof, although the Red Devils have said the player is not for sale.
The Spanish champions have also reflected that response in their stance over Umtiti, although the situation could change should there be any movement regarding De Ligt or Lindelof.
Barcelona say the defender is currently not for sale although his situation could change
The Catalan giants are also waiting on the final decision of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt
Umtiti missed the last five months of the season with a knee problem and Barcelona reportedly have concerns about his long-term fitness.
Clement Lenglet had stepped up to partner Gerard Pique in his absence, leaving the former Lyon defender playing second-fiddle in Catalunya after becoming an undisputed starter following his World Cup success.
Umtiti signed for Barcelona from Lyon in 2016 for €25million (£22.3m) and has made 97 appearances for the club.
United meanwhile have ended their pursuit of Harry Maguire, according to the Mirror, after Leicester slapped a £100million price tag on the England international.