Barcelona may still be bitter about their Champions League exit to Roma. In order to lessen that pain though, the successful lifting of La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles respectively will certainly be the best kind of relief, as the club has established its domestic dominance quite splendidly.
A strong set of players, both defensive and offensive, have undoubtedly been the reason behind their success this season.
However, going into the summer transfer window, their next big worry will be to hold onto the best of their personnel for the next campaign.
One player, in particular, may prove to be hard to retain considering the kind of interest one European powerhouse is pushing ahead with.
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Man Utd’s pursuit of Samuel Umtiti has been no secret. But Barcelona were hoping to retain the stellar centre-back with a new contract.
However, as per Sport, United are still pushing strong for a transfer, and Jose Mourinho wishes to wrap up an agreement with the 24-year-old well before the World Cup commences.
This sort of confidence could prove to be very worrisome for Barcelona. The player’s €60 million release clause won’t be any relief to the Spanish giants either, as the Red Devils have proved a strong presence in the transfer market in the recent seasons, and won’t hesitate to spend.
If anything, Mourinho’s insistence that the Mancunian club must outspend their noisy neighbors in order to lift the league title once more will be more assurance that the amount and then some will be willingly met.
However, it has been repeatedly understood that the only thing standing between a deal coming through is convincing the player himself that the English club will be a better prospect to play at.
If this report is to be trusted, something big could occur in this saga as early as June.