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17-04-2019 | 11:30 Football
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Arsenal are in pole position to sign Barcelona star –but Manchester United remain keen on transfer

Arsenal are in the driving to sign Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti-but Manchester United remain keen on the player, according to  TuttoMercatoWeb. The Gunners entered the race for the World Cup winner when boss Unai Emery publicly praised Umtiti in an interview by claiming that the 25-year-old is a “very good player”. Umtiti has slipped down the pecking order at Barcelona this season, due to injury problems and the form of summer signing Clement Lenglet, who has established himself as the first choice partner for Gerard Pique. He has been linked with a move to Roma, Manchester United and Arsenal. Calciomercato, meanwhile, claims that Barcelona will demand €80m for the France international. However, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told Arsenal that they do not plan to sell Umtiti this summer. “He renewed him before the World Cup, he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue,” Bartomeu told TVE.  “Now he has to recover from his injury as we want to have him in the best form possible. Having Umtiti and [Clement] Lenglet on the left [side of central defence] is a guarantee and I would like him to continue.”

Source- Daily Star

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