Manchester United have been interested in Harry Maguire for a few weeks now, although it seems as though their attentions are turning elsewhere.
Apparently, the 20-time Premier League champions have once again become interested in Umtiti’s situation in Catalonia, after showing a willingness to sign the player just last summer.
Umtiti endured an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign, in which the Frenchman lost his place in the team to his compatriot, Clement Lenglet. However, the Reds won’t have it easy with Barca viewing the centre-half as non-transferable as they rule out a sale.
Interestingly, this comes just a day after another Mundo Deportivo story we covered, in which it was written that Barca wanted to sign Victor Lindelof…
At this point, a move for Umtiti looks unlikely, while the aforementioned article claims that United said ‘no’ to Barca’s advances for Lindelof. In effect, that all-but rules out a swap deal.
You get the feeling that United will have to continue their search elsewhere as this one seems like a real non-starter. I’m just glad this has been nipped in the bud early rather than it dragging out all summer long.