El Desmarque are reporting that Barcelona may be ready to offload Samuel Umtiti in the near future as three major Premier League clubs are pushing for his transfer.
According to the same source, it seems that the Catalan giants are not happy with their defender and want to get rid of him as soon as possible for a number of reasons – one of which is the fact he’s previously flirted with Real Madrid.
The other, a seemingly more important one, is the level the Frenchman is currently playing at – El Desmarque claim it’s feasible that the Blaugrana may finally accept one of many offers that have arrived for him.
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The main competitors for his signature all come from England, namely from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United, all of whom are looking to bolster their defensive lines and are pushing for the transfer.
Even though the 26-year-old centre-back has struggled with injuries as of late, already missing ten games due to various fitness issues, El Desmarque suggest his style of play and the physical approach of the Premier League would benefit him.
The Frenchman is also highly technical and good on the ball – seeing how he averages 90.1% passing accuracy in the current campaign and tallied 94.5% in 2018/19 – which could give another dimension to all three of his suitors.
But with Gerard Pique slowly but surely ageing and Jean-Clair Todibo also seemingly subject to a possible exit, it wouldn’t really be wise for Barcelona to bin Umtiti as well.
They would suddenly go from being well covered in the back to barely keeping things together in terms of available personnel.
That situation could naturally force them into market themselves and force them to find a suitable replacement for the players linked with a Nou Camp exit.
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January looks to be rather busy for the Catalan giants and it seems that they could end up dealing with English clubs over at least one of their players.
It still remains to be seen, however, which one of them is going to win the race for the Frenchman’s signature.
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