Manchester United’s transfer plans have been dealt a blow with the news that Samuel Umtiti will sign a new deal at Barcelona.
The French defender has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last few months, a move that would have been possible for the relatively reasonable price of €60 million, thanks to the release clause in his deal.
Umtiti had made it perfectly clear that he wanted to stay at Barcelona, but also wanted a significant increase in his salary to match his status and importance to the team. It was thought that the La Liga champions were reluctant to match his demands, while Manchester United were perfectly comfortable in doing so.
However, it has now been announced that an agreement has been reached, and he will sign a new five year contract today.
A statement on the Barcelona website reads:
“FC Barcelona and Samuel Umtiti have reached an agreement to extend the player’s contract for a further five seasons through to 2022-2023.
“The Frenchman will be putting pen to paper on Monday at 10.00am CET in the Josep Suñol lounge at the Camp Nou. About half an hour later, at around 10.30am CET, he will be speaking to the media in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom.
“It’s great news for Barca fans… Umtiti has an omnipotent physical presence, and causes constant headaches for rival forwards.
“He’s still only 24, but is already considered one of the finest centre backs on the planet.
“He’s such a hard-worker and so charismatic that on numerous occasions the Camp Nou faithful have been heard to chant his name.”