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Red Devils to trigger Samuel Umtiti's £54m release clause this summer

11 March 2018

Manchester United are reportedly locked in a battle of wills with Barcelona as they try to prise Samuel Umtiti away from the Catalan giants.

Meetings between Yannick Umtiti, Samuel's brother, and the player's agent are "constant" with Manchester United.

The 24-year-old French defender is only into his second season at the Nou Camp
The 24-year-old French defender is only into his second season at the Nou Camp

Mourinho would be willing to offer Umtiti around €9m in wages per season to make the move to the Premier League.

The report claims a United scout has been at the Nou Camp two out of every three matches to watch Umtiti's development - with Ed Woodward present for Atletico Madrid's visit on Sunday.

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However, United's chances of completing a deal for Umtiti rests on whether Barcelona can convince their prized asset to pen a new lucrative deal to remain part of Ernesto Valverde's plans moving forward.

The newspaper says Blues officials have told Enrique they are willing to do all they can to sign the French worldwide as they see him as the flawless long-term replacement for David Luiz.

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According to the same story, Mourinho is a "big fan" of the 24-year-old France global, who has made 19 La Liga appearances for FC Barcelona so far this season.

Sport say the central defender is "letting himself be loved" by Jose Mourinho, and certainly not turning a deaf ear to advances from Old Trafford.

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The report also claims that Mourinho calls Umtiti on a regular basis to talk up a potential move to Old Trafford and is also using Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, the defender's France teammates, to sell the club.

Red Devils to trigger Samuel Umtiti's £54m release clause this summer