Barcelona Star Edges Closer To Old Trafford After Mourinho’s Personal Phone Call

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho acknowledges fans after the match.

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Jose Mourinho is devising a major revamp of his side in order to challenge for the Premier League crown and possibly European silverware next season.

The Special One is said to be eager to bring in some high profile signings, especially to strengthen his defensive backline, as he prepares for the upcoming summer transfer window.

And though United have had an impressive record at the back this campaign, Mourinho is not yet convinced that there’s enough quality in his side to achieve any glory, be it domestic or European.

Thus, the Portuguese tactician has his eyes set on some world-class defenders, and there is actually one star who he has contacted ‘personally’.

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According to the report by Spanish outlet Sport, Mourinho has contacted Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti personally over a move to Old Trafford.

It was claimed that the Red Devils are preparing to trigger the €60 million release clause in the Frenchman’s contract in order to acquire his signature.

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Meanwhile, the 24-year-old is also reportedly dissatisfied with Barca, primarily because of the Catalan club’s inability to give him a raise. The France international has demanded a wage of £150k-per-week, which becomes €9m-per-season after tax.

To convince him to move to Manchester, Mourinho has ‘called him personally’ to offer ‘exactly what he’s asking Barcelona for to continue’ – a massive €9 million per year deal.

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Furthermore, it’s been claimed that Umtiti is ‘distancing himself’ from the prospect of a future in La Liga, and is said to be tempted by the option to go to England.

Barcelona have also begun their pursuit to find a suitable replacement for the centre-back, looking chiefly in Ligue 1, in case Umtiti does decide to bid adieu to Camp Nou in the summer.

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