Over the past couple of weeks, there has been intense speculation over the future of Samuel Umtiti at Barcelona.
The latest reports in England suggest that Everton are linked with a move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.
The 27-year-old has been with Barcelona since 2016, having signed for the club from Lyon for 25 million euros. The France international’s current deal expires in 2023.
The centre-back has featured in 16 matches last term in all competitions.
The 27-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in France. Umtiti has also left his mark at the international stage after netting four goals in 31 senior appearances for the France national team.
The France international is out of the picture at Barcelona, which has opened the door for a potential exit.
Rafael Benítez wants to sign a new centre-back and Umtiti is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Benítez is a firm fan of Barcelona centre-back and Everton could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
The Toffees are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The 28-year-old has a good defensive mind, someone who can spot attacking threats and nullify them. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Everton have approached Barcelona with an enquiry about defender Samuel Umtiti. Barca are desperate to offload the French centre-back. According to the Daily Express, the Toffees are interested in bringing Umtiti to Goodison Park. Umtiti, 27, started just seven La Liga games for Barca last season. Rafa Benitez is looking to bolster his defence before the transfer window closes on August 31.”
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However, Everton will have to balance the books before attempting to land Umtiti.
It is claimed that Barcelona are open to letting Umtiti go.
Good signing for Everton?
If Umtiti is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Everton.
A move away from Barcelona will not be only the best move for the 27-year-old, but also for the club.
Samuel Umtiti has all the skillset required to be a success story at Everton. Therefore, it makes sense for Rafael Benítez to step up his attempts to bring the France centre-back to Premier League side.
It will be interesting to see if Everton are willing to pay the asking price for Umtiti.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.