Manchester United made a huge £102,000-a-week contract offer to FC Barcelona centre-half Samuel Umtiti during the January transfer window, according to Sport, translated by The Metro.
Apparently, the Catalan giants were concerned that Jose Moutinho was ready to activate Umtiti’s £54million release clause as the Red Devils look to bolster their defence, with Barcelona set to lose the Frenchman unless they match United’s weekly wage offer. If they do that, though, United will have to look elsewhere for a new central defender.
Samuel Umtiti: "In football we must try, that's what I did. For a split second I wanted to control the ball, and then I felt the the momentum as it came closer. I'm very pleased I hit it". Five years ago today pic.twitter.com/0NjtsOyzgZ
— Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) February 14, 2018
Umtiti is a brilliant player. He’s quick, great in the air and an excellent reader of the game. If he were brought in, I’d immediately have him ahead of both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the pecking order, and he should complement Eric Bailly brilliantly.
However, a lot can happen in football and I’d be surprised if he didn’t pen a new deal at the Camp Nou. Barcelona would be silly to let their player leave over a contractual disagreement, but if they do, you can be sure they’ll be a whole host of clubs queueing up to take him and willing to pay Umtiti whatever he wants.