Man United plan summer move to sign FC Barcelona star

Man United plan summer move to sign FC Barcelona star

Reports in Spanish media claim Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is being tempted by Manchester United into a summer move.

Umtiti joined Barcelona, who are favourites to finish top of La Liga this season, a couple of years ago for £22.5m and has a reported release clause of £53m.

Our source goes on to infer that the club, managed by Jose Mourinho, are looking at activating the release clause in Umtiti's contract, a clause that is said to be of the magnitude of £54 million.

The former Lyon defender now has a £53m buyout clause in his Barcelona deal, which makes him very appealing to United.

The report claims a United scout has been at the Nou Camp two out of every three matches to watch Umtiti's development - with Ed Woodward present for Atletico Madrid's visit on Sunday.

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The report adds that Mourinho calls Umtiti on a regular basis and is using the presence of his global teammates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to persuade the centre-back to move to United.

According to Sport Yannick Umtiti, the brother and agent of the player, is constantly engaged in discussions with United.

Barca are said to have already started contract renewal talks with the Cameroon-born defender, but reports claim they can not match United's said offer.

And, the club are prepared to offer what Sport state as a "stratospheric" salary offer, with the Red Devils putting together a €9m-a-year package, more than double his €4m-a-year wage at Barca.

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