£50m rated World Cup winner to replace Koscielny as Arsenal talks with Captain stall
Fresh reports have again claimed Arsenal are lining up an ambitious move for Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti.
Umtiti signed for Barcelona way back in 2016 and has become an integral part of the Spaniards side over the past few seasons, but there has been a lot of speculation that he could be sold to help finance a move for Ajax superstar defender Matthijs De Ligt, as the Dutchman is one of the most highly-regarded defenders in world football and has a number of top clubs chasing a possible deal, but it is believed that he would prefer a move to the Spanish Champions rather than a move to the Premier League or PSG.
And that has led to recent speculation that Barcelona are willing to let Umtiti leave in the summer transfer window and will demand around £50 million for his services, as they will use the funds to complete the deal for De Ligt.
And reports on French publication L’Equipe have claimed Arsenal will look to push through a deal for Umtiti if they fail to keep hold of Laurent Koscielny, as the Gunners could sell their club captain if talks over a new contract continue to stall, with just one year left on his current deal.
Emery recently opened the door back-up to a potential summer deal after praising the Frenchman.
‘He’s a very good player,’ Emery told RMC Sport.
‘I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal. ‘I’ve always been able to count on those players.’
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.
However, it would have been a massive shock to see him actually depart the Spanish giants at the end of the season as the Spanish giants still believe he has something to offer the squad.