Barca fear Man Utd, City are ready to pay defender’s €60m release clause

Date published: Friday 29th December 2017 9:53 - Robert McCarthy

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.

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