Arsenal need to strengthen their defense this summer.
The reports in Spain suggested that Arsenal have joined the hunt for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
The 26-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Barcelona spent 25 million euros to sign the France international from Lyon in the summer of 2016. The 26-year-old has a valid contract with Barcelona until June 2023.
Umtiti has played 114 times for Barcelona since signing from Lyon, scoring two goals and creating one assist in that time.
He is 26-year-old and has his peak years ahead.
As a member of France national football team, Umtiti won 31 caps and he scored 4 goals.
Samuel Umtiti is currently out of favor at Barcelona and could leave the club this summer.
Mikel Arteta wants to sign a new defender and Umtiti is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Arteta wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
Samuel Umtiti has the talent to play many roles in defense.
According to the report, “Arsenal have been put ‘on alert’ by learning that Barcelona have made defender Samuel Umtiti available for transfer. It is said that Gunners boss believes Umtiti can be the ideal long-term central defensive partner for William Saliba, who will join the club permanently from Saint-Etienne this summer. It follows a report in Diario Sport that claimed the Blaugrana had place Umtiti on the transfer market and see him as a crucial way to boost their transfer budget this year, with Manchester United keen on a deal.”
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Arsenal have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the France international.
Samuel Umtiti’s arrival will be a huge boost for Arsenal.
Arsenal fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see whether Gunners will make their move during the summer transfer window.
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