Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti has admitted that he wants his future sorted out before next months World Cup in Russia.
The 22-year-old defender has impressed since moving to the Nou Camp from French side Lyon in 2016, and with his buyout clause thought to be a relatively modest £50 million, many of Europes biggest club’s including Manchester United are thought to be doing everything they can to tempt him away from the La Liga giants.
Umtiti is currently preparing for the World Cup with the France national side and he has admitted that he wants his future resolved before next months tournament kicks off.
“I look at my phone, but nothing has advanced. It won’t annoy me if it’s not sorted before the World Cup because negotiations have already been going on for several months,” he said.
“It’s important, though, to try to solve this case before the start of the World Cup. From my point of view, it will be done.”
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is eager to strengthen his options at the back, with Umtiti and Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld said to be his primary targets.
United’s Portuguese coach is also notoriously keen on securing his new signings early on in the transfer window, so Umtiti’s admission may well be seen as a positive at Old Trafford.