Arsenal manager Unai Emery is set to oversee an overhaul of his squad this summer, per the Daily Mail.
As many as seven players could be shipped out of the club at the end of the season, including defender Shkodran Mustafi.
And a separate Daily Mail report has claimed that Samuel Umtiti may be a potential option to bolster the backline.
Currently at Barcelona, Umtiti has made just 13 appearances for the Catalan giants this season.
But could the £63m-rated ace be the answer to Emery’s prayers as he looks to patch up his leaky defence?
Football FanCast writers give their verdicts below!
“Samuel Umtiti would be an absolutely unbelievable signing for Arsenal and could be their best defender since Tony Adams. The Gunners defensive issues are no secret, in fact, they’re absolutely appalling in that area of the pitch but Umtiti would go a long way to solving that issue. Unai Emery has more than the defence to worry about after their performance against Wolves but if any money is to be spent this summer then it has to be on defensive players.”
“Samuel Umtiti is a player of real pedigree and would be an okay signing for Arsenal, but in terms of fixing the Gunners’ defence, he might not be the man for the job. Worryingly, the Frenchman has made just 11 starts in La Liga this season due to injury problems, so any big investment on the former Lyon man would carry some risk. Obviously, it isn’t difficult to improve on a backline consisting of Shkodran Mustafi and Carl Jenkinson, but Umtiti won’t be the leader that the north Londoners are crying out for.”
“Umtiti is miles better than Mustafi but that doesn’t mean he can resolve Arsenal’s defensive problems. I think the transition period from a club like Barcelona, who are used to dominating possession and commanding respect from the opposition, to Arsenal would be incredibly challenging for the France international. He would be a smart addition – price-tag depending, of course – in an individual sense, but he is not the man to single-handedly resolve a deeply entrenched problem at the Emirates.”