Barca Agree to Reduce Umtiti price Tag as Gunners Re-open Transfer Talks

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Arsenal are showing interest in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, but the La Liga club worry no one will pay their €50m asking price.

Spanish outlet Sport report Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been in contact with the representatives of Barcelona defender Umtiti.

None of them made an official offer, but they’re showing an interest in his transfer.

Barcelona want a good fee for the French international, as much as €50m. At this point, however, they recognise getting that kind of money for him will prove difficult.

Umtiti made 16 appearances for Barcelona before the coronavirus lockdown. At the start of the campaign, he struggled with injuries, but he was getting regular starts in the league in 2020.

Nonetheless, Head coach Quique Setien plans to rely on Clement Lenglet over Umtiti in the long term, which is why it’s still likely he’ll move on this summer.

At €50m, it’s hard to see Arsenal seriously following up their interest. Umtiti is a bit too injury-prone for the club to invest that heavily in him.

If Barcelona realise they can only sell by dropping the fee a bit, though, maybe it could happen. It’s still a long shot.

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