Barcelona are in danger of losing one of the best defenders in world football, having refused to agree to Samuel Umtiti’s demands over a wage increase.
The Catalan giants do not feel the Frenchman’s demands are justified, despite the fact that he has been one of their most consistent players since his move from Lyon last year.
His partnership with Gerard Pique at the heart of the Barca defense has seen them concede just 13 times in 29 La Liga games. Hence, the 24-year-old feels undervalued, and is surprised that the club has refused to meet his demands.
Barca’s loss could be Man Utd’s gain though. According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Umtiti feels he should be up alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez in the club’s wage distribution system.
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However, they have opted to focus their funds on a potential move for Antoine Griezmann in the summer, and that has prompted their center-back to start looking for a move away.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defense this summer, and is intent on splashing big to sort out the problems they have had at the back since the departures of legends Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have just not been consistent enough, and have been a source of frustration, while summer signing Victor Lindelöf has failed to settle into life in England.
Daley Blind looks set to leave the club in the summer as well, and that has left Mourinho with a lot of work to do.
Manchester Utd are apparently ready to meet Umtiti’s wage demands, and are set to offer him a deal that could see him earn a staggering £175,000-a-week.
Sport also claim that Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu will attempt to convince the 24-year-old to stay using other methods of persuasion,
However, the defender seems set to go where he is wanted most, and the willingness the Red Devils are showing to snap him up could work in their favour. It would set them back a good £52 million to sign him, but that amount appears cheap in the current inflated market.