In Focus: Umtiti is a talent that Chelsea should pursue this summer

As reported by Spanish website Don Balon, Chelsea are one of a number of teams chasing the signature of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti this summer.

What’s the story?

We’re not long out of the most recent transfer window but already fans, coaches and players are thinking about the next big moves to come once the season ends and given Chelsea’s resources you’d expect them to be amongst the busiest in the market.

One player they’re interested in signing is Barcelona’s French international defender Samuel Umtiti.

That’s according to Don Balon who say that the Stamford Bridge side are one of the clubs interested in activating his £53.2m release clause.

The outlet reckons that in order to entice him to the English Premier League, they’re ready to triple his wages to a massive £8m-a-year.

Is he the right man to lead the Blues defence into a new season?

Can he make an impact?

Clearly, to get a regular start at Barcelona requires you to be an elite player and Umtiti is certainly that. He’s a regular in the Barca side that is currently romping to the La Liga title, missing matches only due to injury and suspension.

Strong on the ball and having the ability to pass well, he’d be perfect for the fast paced English Premier League.

He’d take a lot of convincing to give up life at the Nou Camp, but cash-rich Chelsea are one of those that could and certainly should be pursuing him this summer, given his reported transfer release fee is fairly modest in today’s market.

At just 24 years of age, he could be a mainstay in the Blues starting eleven for years to come.

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