Man United edge closer to deal to sign 24-year-old from FC Barcelona – report

FC Barcelona give Samuel Umtiti the green light to consider a summer move amid interest from Man United, according to a report in Italy

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Manchester United are moving closer to a potential swoop to sign FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, according to a report in Italy.

Italian media website Calciomercato, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, is reporting that the Red Devils are edging nearer to a deal for the France international.

The same article states that Umtiti still hasn’t indicated to FC Barcelona what his future plans are after protracted contract negotiations.

FC Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Serie A giants AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.

The Italian club progressed on the away goals rule following a 4-1 loss at Camp Nou in the first leg.

Umtiti and Gerard Pique struggled to contain an inspired Edin Dzeko in the Champions League clash in the Italian capital.

So it is hardly surprising that Calciomercato are reporting that FC Barcelona have given Umtiti the green light to talk to other clubs.

According to the same story, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Umtiti as the Portuguese head coach looks to improve his defensive options at Old Trafford ahead of the new season.

Summer signing Victor Lindelof has struggled to make the step up to the Premier League since his £30m move from Benfica back in June.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Wimbledon 2018
The Sport Review
Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic wins his fourth against Anderson – but No13 is extra special
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
Exclusive
The Sport Review
Exclusive: Man United to cool interest in Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld
The Sport Review
Insider confirms Liverpool FC in discussions over world record move for Alisson
The Sport Review
Souness urges Mourinho to make 29-year-old third Man United signing