Barcelona have identified Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet as a replacement for Samuel Umtiti amid continued speculation surrounding the latter’s future, according to reports from Spain.
The defender has a release clause of just £54m ahead of the summer and the club, whilst determined to keep him at the Nou Camp, is reluctant to satisfy his demands for an improved salary.
Umtiti recently revealed that a number of clubs alongside Manchester United had expressed interest in his services but reiterated his desire to remain at the Nou Camp.
But according to Catalan media outlet SPORT, Barcelona have identified Lenglet, who started in both legs against Man United, as an ideal replacement should Umtiti seek a move away.
Lenglet’s release clause stands at just €30m – a figure that seems quite ridiculous given the way he comfortably dealt with Romelu Lukaku earlier this season.
If anything, United would be better off pursuing him given that approaching Barcelona for Umtiti would be a thankless task. You sense that Nou Camp chiefs will eventually countenance an improved salary for a player who has been fundamental to the club’s successful title challenge this season.
His current salary of €50,000-a-week is less than what Andre Gomes earns, and to demand more after his best season yet is only understandable.