Liverpool eyeing move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti

The defensive department of the Liverpool squad needs quality additions this winter.

According to the football transfer rumours in British and Spanis media, Liverpool are eyeing move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.

The France international was signed by Barcelona in July 2016 from Lyon for a fee of 25 million euros. The 26-year-old has a contract until 2023 with the club.

The centre-back has featured in 116 matches for Barcelona, netting two goals and providing one assist in all competitions.

Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti

The 26-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 4 goals in 31 senior appearances for the France national team.

The 26-year-old is one of the more likely players to be offloaded by Barcelona this winter and the list of suitors in the France international continues to grow.

Adding a centre-back remains Liverpool’s top priority this winter and Jürgen Klopp will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.

The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Klopp wants to target in the winter transfer window.

The Reds are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.

Liverpool
Liverpool

Umtiti is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of getting stuck in with some well-timed tackles to help secure possession back for his side. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report, “Liverpool are reported to be considering a shock approach for Samuel Umtiti as a short-term stop-gap for Virgil van Dijk. The Holland star looks set to miss most of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Everton. Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge forced the defender off the pitch and he will now undergo knee surgery. Since then, the Reds have been linked with a plethora of names. As per Don Balon, Liverpool are ready to ask Barcelona if Umtiti can join the club on an initial short-term deal. The World Cup winner has fallen down the pecking order at Barca and has been told he can move on.”

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Liverpool will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Umtiti to join the club.

Good signing for Liverpool?

Nevertheless, Samuel Umtiti stands as an excellent option for Liverpool.

If Umtiti is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Liverpool.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Liverpool.

The ball is in Liverpool’s court and they need to take a decision on signing Samuel 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.

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