Barcelona, the runaway leaders of the Spanish La Liga, have set the keeping of Samuel Umtiti at Camp Nou high on their list of priorities, according to Mundo Deportivo.
His current deal runs until 2021, but the release clause contained therein is €60 million by all accounts. Given the current state of the market, such valuation is hardly enough to keep the interest of big clubs at bay. Manchester United have been linked with the defender for a long time, and they are reportedly ready not only to activate the clause but to double his current salary as well.
However, according to the report, Barcelona are growing confident that the centre-back who has brought a significant level of defensive stability to the team will still be in their employment come next season, and that he will soon sign a new contract. After the latest meeting between the club and the player’s representatives, there is optimism in the Blaugrana camp that a deal will be struck.
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