Manchester United fans have been busy discussing the rumours linking Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti with a move to Old Trafford, with the Spanish champions reportedly considering the sale so they can fund a move for Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.
The Dutch giants are said to be chasing the same amount from Barcelona that they managed to get for Frenkie de Jong, who recently signed for the Blaugrana in an €85m deal – if Barcelona are to splash out a combined €170m on the two Dutch internationals, they may need to cash in on one of their existing stars.
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As a result, that man looks to be World Cup winning centre-back Umtiti, who was reportedly being watched by United scouts on Monday, although they should be wary of the 25-year-old’s injury problems this season – he missed three months of the campaign with a cartilage problem.
Given their lofty status in world football, United fans on Twitter have been quick to question why the club are choosing to take other team’s cast offs, and are demanding that the club go out and get De Ligt…
Unambitious United, why not get De ligt instead??
— Dir. El?? (@El_Cobbie) March 25, 2019
Get De Ligt instead, oh no I forgot we don’t have a DOF we have that Banker Woodward making footballing decisions so he will go for a cheap option
— Paul MUFC ? (@pau1luvsutd) March 26, 2019
Criminal if @ManUtd buy a reject while Barca sign a future star – another pathetic Ed Deal
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) March 26, 2019
Why can’t @ManUtd go for DE ligt himself
— OluwaTosin® (@oluwa_tosin12) March 25, 2019
So it is united who deserve deadwoods or rejected players from teams like Barca and co , why can’t we also fight players Barca and co are fighting for . They aren’t bigger or better than us .
— Charles Montana (@CharlesMontana6) March 26, 2019
Screw that!!!! We don’t want the hand me downs… we want de Ligt for ourselves!!!
— Gary Nugent (@GaryNugent88) March 26, 2019
Should be United going for de ligt not funding Barca
— Ray (@Rayzor74) March 26, 2019
Nah rather just have de ligt
— LoganMezz (@LoganMezz) March 25, 2019