FC Barcelona will offer their centre back Samuel Umtiti to Arsenal in the upcoming summer transfer window. Daily Star reported that Umtiti almost joined Arsenal on loan during the winter transfer window in January.
The Gunners are again on the verge of missing Champions League football for the sixth cosecutive season. The 4th position that once looked reserved for them this season, lost due to their poor current form. They will now ride on their luck if they somehow manage to play UCL with only one matchday to go.
Considering Tottenham won’t lose against Norwich, it’s almost certain that the Gunners will look forward to another season in Europa League. And this will surely take a toll on their summer transfer window targets. But the fans will still expect a few significant arrivals through the door. Perhaps, one of them can be the 2018 World Cup winner.
According to Daily Star, Barcelona planned to offer Umtiti to Arsenal on loan in January transfer window. But an injury blew their offer of loaning him out to the Emirates Stadium outfit. Perhaps, the Gunners’ recent woes in centre backs due to injury might convince them to strike a deal for Umtiti.
Umtiti at Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti had a peculiar time at FC Barcelona. In 2018, they handed a contract to him with a £423 million release clause. Eric Abidal once labelled him as ‘world class’ too. Since signing for the club in 2016 – 2017 season, he managed to make only 133 appearances for the Catalan giants.
However, this potential move might come with a backlash from the Arsenal fans. Even Culers were surprised when the club handed him a new contract earlier this season.
Meanwhile, there are also doubts on William Saliba’s future at the Emirates Stadium. If the Gunners fraternity decide to replace him with Umtiti, there’s likely to be an uproar among the fans regarding this decision.
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