Barcelona are reportedly growing increasingly concerned that both Manchester clubs are ready to pay Samuel Umtiti’s release clause.
Virgil van Dijk’s record £75million move to Liverpool could spark interest in the Barca star, who can leave the Nou Camp for €60million, and both United and City have previously been linked with the player.
The France star has become a regular starter under Ernesto Valverde but is currently sidelined until February with a hamstring injury.
Despite his current injury woe, Don Balon claims that both Manchester clubs could make a move for the 24-year-old centre-back in January.
It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his backline in the New Year, while City boss Pep Guardiola wants a long-term replacement for the injury-plagued Vincent Kompany.
The report states that if Liverpool are willing to pay a world-record fee for a defender then both Manchester clubs will not hesitate to try and land Umtiti for quite a bit less.
Given the interest in one of their top performers this season, Barcelona and now said to be trying to renegotiate the player’s contract and add in a higher release clause in the process.