£50m rated defender Umtiti opens up on possible move to join Emery at Arsenal this summer
Long-term Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti has told chasing Unai Emery that he expects to be a Barcelona player next season.
With Emery looking to spend some serious money during the summer transfer window, there has been some speculation in the media that the Spanish boss is seeking to add some world class defenders to his squad, with Umtiti high up on the shopping list.
The French world cup winner has been topped to leave Barcelona at the end of the season as the Spaniards seek to add Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt to the side, meaning there may not be any space for Umtiti to play on a weekly basis.
And reports have suggested that Emery is willing to spend around £50 million to try and secure a deal for the Barcelona defender, despite their meagre transfer kitty.
Emery knows that he needs to add some world class defenders to his back-line, especially after seeking his defence concede 51-goals in the Premier League last season.
But Emery will have to pursue other targets after Umtiti’s latest interview as he suggested that he has no intention of leaving the Spanish giants and expects to be at the Camp Nou next season.
“The quality of life is great. For me, it’s the best place to play and live,” he told Hypebeast.
“Every day I feel happy to live my passion, and what’s more to do that here in Barcelona.”
Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in world football and have the same kind of playing style as Barcelona, so signing Umtiti in the summer would mean that he would not have to adjust to the style of play Emery likes to employ at the Emirates.
But if the Gunners were able to complete a transfer deal for the powerful defender, then it would be a serious message to the rest of the Premier League that Arsenal are seeking to do more than just finish back inside the top four every season.
So even though Umtiti has admitted that he expects to be at Barcelona, money talks, and the right offer will get a transfer deal done.
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