Barcelona are on the lookout for a replacement for star defender Samuel Umtiti, as United look likely to sign him up.
As per Sport, the French international has refused to sign any iteration of a contract presented before him, and has practically ‘left the door open’ for the English giants to come and get him.
And though the Spanish league leaders have no intention or desire to cash in on their defensive cog, their unwillingness to meet his demands have stagnated any sort of negotiations.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is planning to bolster his side’s defensive prowess, and is expected to make any big-money signing in order to do so. United are fully prepared to meet Umtiti’s £52 million release clause in order to snatch him up from Spain.
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Consequently, La Blaugrana are scouting for potential replacements, with the Bundesliga seeming like a pool full of fish.
RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano seems to be someone Barca are very much interested in, but his €100 million buy-out clause seem to be something they are unwilling to take responsibility of, especially when it’s no secret that Leipzig are persistent negotiators.
Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer is also said to be one of the La Liga giants’ targets, and will reportedly cost them one third of Upamecano’s price tag.
Nevertheless, the Catalans’ priority is to keep the 24-year-old Frenchman, who has now established himself as one of the best centre-backs not only in the Barca squad, but in the Spanish league as well.