Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti moves into sights of Juventus

David Cooper - Writer 10:55 14/04/2019
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Juventus could take advantage of Samuel Umtiti’s uncertainty at Barcelona if they snap up coveted Ajax centre-back Mattijs de Ligt, according to reports.

Umtiti, 25, has endured a frustrating 2018/19. The World Cup 2018 winner with France faced a five-month spell out because of a knee problem and then lost his spot in the starting XI to uncapped countryman Clement Lenglet.

This situation could be further complicated this summer if, as expected, the La Liga champions win the €60 million battle to sign De Ligt.

Rai Sport have declared that Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is contemplating an approach for the ex-Lyon defender. Umtiti signed a signed a contract extension in June 2018 until 2023 that contained a €500m release clause, plus a significant salary hike.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has also expressed an interest in signing him if a sale is countenanced by Barca during pre-season.

The Frenchman has scored twice in 95 appearances for Barca since a €25m move from Lyon in June 2016.

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