Turns out we don’t live in a fair world after all. Man Utd were heavily linked with signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti in the coming window, with talks told be have been held months earlier.
The main virtue by which the possibility of this transfer was hyped was that Umtiti has been stalling his contract renewal at the Spanish club. Multiple reports claimed that Man Utd were just waiting to swoop in at the right time and activate the defender’s buyout clause.
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The possibility of this interest from England is what is believed to have spurred on the negotiation process for a new contract on part of Barcelona. But all of this has a big problem.
As per a startling report by Marca, neither of the Mancunian clubs may have been all too interested in signing the 24-year-old in the first place.
The report states that City were contacted by the player’s representatives back in December, and the English club realized that the illusion of an interest was being created in order to sneak in certain improved terms in Umtiti’s new contract.
A similar farce was held on United’s end as well. In this case, a lucrative offer was also squeezed out, but it appears that Mourinho never had that big of an interest in the French international after all.
This isn’t the first time the Red Devils have been used as a ploy in bettering contract terms. A similar scenario played out back in 2015, when Sergio Ramos was linked with the club prior to signing a bumper contract with Real Madrid.
All of this now brings into question the more recent reports that claim the ace centre-back is on his way to Old Trafford. Have Man Utd been played the rough hand yet again while Umtiti has to settle for a €2 million yearly salary, and not the €10 million offers from England?