Umtiti Asked About Manchester United Links
Manchester United transfer target Samuel Umtiti has refused to discuss his future at Barcelona.
The France international was linked earlier this week with a summer move to Old Trafford after reports that he has turned down a new deal at the Nou Camp.
Umtiti is currently on international duty with France. He put in an unconvincing performance as Les Bleus defeated Russia 3-1 on Tuesday night. Before the match he took part in a question-and-answer session along with team-mate Olivier Giroud with French TV programme Telefoot.
“Over the past few weeks there has been talk of Manchester United’s interest in you. Are you interested?” Umtiti was asked.
“Joker,” came the response.
Umtiti is believed to have rejected a new deal with Barcelona because he has been offered a massive £250,000-a-week contract by Manchester United.
The centre-back has entered into talks with Barca after the La Liga leaders decided that his €60million (£53million) release clause was insufficient. He joined from Lyon in 2016 in a deal worth £22million. At the time, it had been thought that a €60million release fee was high enough, but with Premier League clubs prepared to £50million or more for a defender it sent Barcelona back to the negotiating table.
United Monitor Cancelo Situation
Manchester United are also being linked with Portugese right-back Joao Cancelo. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Inter Milan from Valencia and the Serie A side have an option to buy him this summer for a fixed fee of €35million (around £30million).
But Inter have been told by their Chinese owners that any transfer dealings must be self-financing. All of a sudden that €35million fee is looking steep.
According to reports from Italy, both Manchester United and Juventus are interested in the Portugal international and are monitoring the situation.
Inter midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is on loan at Valencia and could move for a fee of €25million. However, his performances in La Liga don’t suggest the Spanish club will automatically trigger the right to redemption.