Forget Koscielny as Arsenal to make £50 million Umtiti move after Emery admits interest in La Liga star
Arsenal are still hoping to land Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti on loan after Unai Emery admitted that he is interested in the Frenchman.
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.
A knee injury, which required surgery, has seen the Frenchman lose his starting place to countryman Clement Lenglet, and reports have suggested Barcelona are willing to allow him to depart the club.
And reports have suggested that Emery is 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.
“He [Umtiti] is a good player, France has some very good players and the French market is quite attractive for many clubs,” he told RMC Sport.
“I always had French players at my clubs, Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and now, here at Arsenal. I could always 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.
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.
So it will be interesting to see if Emery can sign this defender as a replacement for the now departed Laurent Koscielny.
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