ARSENAL reportedly face competitors from Manchester United within the hunt to nab Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti this summer time.
The 25-year-old might be in the marketplace on the finish of the season with the Spanish facet determined to land Ajax teenager Matthijs De Ligt.
This had led to hypothesis that Umtiti might be accessible with the Catalan membership desirous to promote the French World Cup winner to lift funds for a transfer to signal the Dutch defender.
A knee damage has restricted the previous Lyon star to simply 10 video games in all competitions this marketing campaign – with compatriot Clement Lenglet now most well-liked forward of him.
In line with Mundo Deportivo, the Pink Devils are nonetheless serious about Umtiti regardless of being knocked again of their efforts to signal him final yr.
However they declare that United face a battle with the Gunners who’re additionally seeking to bolster their leaky defence.
It has been reported that Unai Emery’s males have recognized Umtiti as the proper goal and can look to deliver him to the Emirates ought to he be allowed to go away.
Arsenal’s head of soccer relations Raul Sanllehi was instrumental in Barca signing the participant in 2016 from Lyon for £21.3million.
Umtiti fuelled rumours of a transfer to Arsenal in January after he was noticed on the Emirates throughout their 2-Zero win in opposition to Chelsea.
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The North London side are in dire need of new recruits at the back with question marks still remaining over Shkodran Mustafi following his disastrous display against Dubai side Al Nasr yesterday.
While Emery may look to find a replacement for skipper Laurent Koscielny, 33, who will have just one year left to run on his deal at the end of the season.
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney to provide competition for Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.