£50 million rated World Cup winner has message for Arsenal about possible transfer this January
Arsenal transfer target Samuel Umtiti says he is happy at Barcelona and isn’t interested in a move away from the Camp Nou.
With Emery looking to spend some serious money during the summer transfer window, there was some speculation in the media that the Spanish boss was seeking to add some world class defenders to his squad, with Umtiti high up on the shopping list.
A knee injury, which required surgery, has seen the Frenchman lose his starting place to countryman Clement Lenglet, and reports suggested Barcelona were willing to allow him to depart the club during the summer window.
And reports even suggested that Emery was willing to spend around £50 million to try and secure a deal for the Barcelona defender, after the Spaniard admitted that he is interested in potentially signing the defender.
But the Gunners were unable to get a transfer deal done as the Frenchman had no intention of leaving the club, despite the fact he has failed to make the impact that many Barca fans expected when he was signed up.
However, there were some rumours in the media which suggested that he could be sold in the next transfer window, as the Spaniards are looking to balance their books and freshen up their ageing side.
But in another transfer twist, he has responded to speculation about his future, telling daily Marca: “Is my future long-term here? Yes, I feel good. I live well and work well here.”
There is no doubt that Emery improved the Arsenal squad during the summer transfer window and he now has an attack that is up there with some of the games very best. But adding someone like Umtiti should have been, and should still be, his priority in the coming windows.
Umtiti would have been a great signing for the club, that is no doubt, so it will be disheartening for Gunners fans that he was not interested in leaving Barcelona for Arsenal.
But there are still many top-class players out there that would fancy a move to Arsenal, THEY JUST HAVE TO MAKE THEIR MOVE AND OFFER THE RIGHT MONEY.
And you never know, Umtiti may be interested if he game time at the Nou Camp gets worse.
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