Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti stalling on new deal with Barcelona – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti has reached an impasse with Barcelona regarding the personal terms of a potential new contract at the Nou Camp, according to reports.

The Frenchman’s current deal at Barcelona lasts until 2019, but his release clause of just €60m has piqued the attention of Jose Mourinho ahead of the summer transfer window.

Reports have claimed that, while the La Liga leaders cannot extend Umtiti’s contract until next season due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, a gentlemen’s agreement has been reached with the defender.

However, according to the Daily Record‘s Duncan Castles, Umtiti’s representatives have so far unsuccessfully sought to increase the centre back’s salary from an annual €4m to €9m, casting doubt over his future at the club.

Barcelona are reluctant to countenance an improved salary for Umtiti having splashed out €105m and around €160m on both Ousmane Dembele and Philipe Coutinho respectively, alongside handing Lionel Messi – who now earns €35m every year, making him the highest paid footballer in the world – a €100m signing on bonus on a new four year contract.

Umtiti has been an indispensable member of Barcelona’s lineup this season and pinching him from the Catalan side over the summer, replacing Chris Smalling in the process, would be a truly remarkable coup.

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