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Barcelona ready to offload star defender for £45m

180815 Fotboll, Träningsmatch, Barcelona - Boca Juniors: FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti (23) during the match between FC Barcelona and CA Boca Juniors corresponding to Joan Gamper Trophy, played at Camp Nou Stadium on 15th August 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: UrbanandSport / Cordon Press) © Bildbyrån - COP 95 - SWEDEN ONLY

According to reports, Spanish giants FC Barcelona will allow French defender Samuel Umtiti if they receive an offer in the range of £45m. The 25-year-old signed a new contract last summer, but it seems he might be on the move after falling down the pecking order at Noua Camp.

Umtiti’s 2018/19 season was plagued by injuries, forcing the Catalans to look for a replacement in the transfer market. While they haven’t been able to find any, the Frenchman’s departure looks all the more certain.

Manchester United were said to be eyeing a move for Umtiti, viewing him as an alternative for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. The Foxes want £90m for their prized asset and have already rejected United’s £70m bid for the player.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in signing the 25-year-old, given Maguire’s mammoth asking price. Italian giants Juventus have also shown interest in signing the defender, but there has been no concrete offer tabled yet.

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