Man United dealt a blow as Samuel Umtiti says Barcelona would have to kick him out

David Cooper 28/05/2018
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Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti says voiced his desire to remain at the club next season.

That comes as a blow to Manchester United who have been tracking the Frenchman with the view of a potential move in the summer.

Umtiti’s contract negotiations had stalled this season and his €60 million release clause made him a bargain in the transfer market.

However, the Catalans have since made progress in talks with the player and a bumper new contract that will make him one of the highest paid players at Camp Nou seems imminent.

“What I wanted was the negotiation that I’ve already had with them and I’ve always been very clear about what I wanted,” he said in an interview with L’Equipe.

“I have been clear that I want to renew with Barcelona and I want to be here next season. I’m at a club that has allowed me to fulfil my dream of playing for them and want to stay.

“I’m in charge of my future so for me to go, the club would have to kick me out.”

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Godin is an Atleti legend.

The transfer window is now open in the Premier League, with the rest of Europe set to follow soon.

The window is followed by the usual speculation, and with the airwaves full of transfer rumours, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are legitimate and which are just noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of our Rumour Mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

DIEGO GODIN – FROM ATLETICO MADRID TO JUVENTUS

Why it will happen: The 32-year-old Uruguayan has yet to enter talks over a new deal at Wanda Metropolitano, which is worrying for Atleti fans, given it runs out next year.

Why it won’t happen: Godin is an Atletico legend and Diego Simeone’s warrior on the pitch – and is by all means happy in the Spanish capital. He would leave with a very heavy heart, should that day come.

Prediction: Juventus would actually be a great fit for the centre-back, but it still seems unimaginable to see him at another club now. Godin should see out his career with Atletico.

Rating – 3/10

Diego Godin celebrates Europa League success in Lyon.

Diego Godin celebrates Europa League success in Lyon.

EMIL FORSBERG – RB LEIPZIG TO ARSENAL

Why it will happen: Unai Emery has scribbled the 26-year-old’s name down on his summer wishlist and is set to be backed by the Gunners board to secure one of his number-one targets.

Why it won’t happen: Atletico Madrid and Juventus are also in the running for his signature, with both clubs able to give Forsberg Champions League football. Could prove to be a huge factor.

Prediction: The winger is a terrific talent and could become an astute signing for the Gunners. They will, however, need to move quickly as his stock will well and truly rise if he performs at the World Cup.

Rating – 7/10

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Why it will happen: The Nice forward is out of contract next month and there is no sign he will extend his deal at the French Riviera side, leaving the door open to a return to Serie A.

Why it won’t happen: He has, in the past, been linked with a switch back to the Premier League and that could be something on his radar.

Prediction: Balotelli, after a fine season in Ligue 1, is definitely on his way to a new club but it might not be Parma.

Rating – 6/10

Balotelli could return to Serie A.

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