Man Utd interest confirmed, but they have rivals for Barcelona ace

Matthew Briggs

Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti has admitted he has several offers to leave Barcelona.

The France centre-back has been liked with United as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his rearguard this summer and the 24-year-old has admitted United are definitely interested.

Umtiti though, whose release clause is only €60million, also claimed there are other clubs chasing him this summer.

“The truth is that there’s interest from various clubs,” he told the show Canal Football Club via Sport.

While the Manchester Evening News claimed the defender told the same source: “It’s not only Manchester United. Other clubs want me as well, but my sole focus is on Barcelona. It was my dream to play at Barça. And I achieved it when I was just 22. I’m very happy here, whenever I play and whenever I train.”

Contract renewal talks at the Camp Nou have not got underway yet for Umtiti, whose deal expires in 2021.

“It’s not a matter I am going to get into (renewing), nothing’s begun from my side. Maybe there’s interest (on Barça’s side), but for the moment nothing has started,” added Umtiti, who also admitted his release clause was low.

“It’s not very big, everyone knows that. But it’s not something that interests or worries me. I am focused on the pitch, that’s what I enjoy. The rest will come,” added Umtiti.

Speaking about Barcelona’s interest in signing Antoine Griezmann, he joked: “I got myself into agent mode! No, I’m kidding.

“It’s true that we talk about it a lot. I was able to talk about it with him, but just to find out what he thinks of my club. But everyone thinks good things about it. It makes them dream. Players of that level… If he comes, we’d have to play with six forwards.”


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