Man United give Mourinho ‘green light’ to pay £53m for Barcelona defender – report

Samuel Umtiti is threatening to join Manchester United unless Barcelona meet his wage demands, according to a report in Spain

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Samuel Umtiti wants a pay increase at Barcelona otherwise the France defender will push for a move to Manchester United, according to a report in Spain.

Don Balon, as quoted by the Daily Star, is reporting that Umtiti wants to secure a new pay packet worth in the region of £7m a year.

The same article states that the France international is open to a move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window if Barcelona fail to meet his demands.

According to the same story, Jose Mourinho has secured permission to activate Umtiti’s £53m contract release clause at the end of the season if the Frenchman becomes available.

Umtiti has established himself as a key member of the Barcelona squad since a £20m move to the Camp Nou from French club Lyon in the 2016 summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old has scored one goal in 70 appearances in all competitions during his past 18 and a half months at the Catalan side.

Manchester United are in the market to sign a centre-half given the well-documented struggles of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the current campaign.

The Red Devils signed Victor Lindelof in a £30m deal last summer but the Sweden international has struggled at Manchester United.

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