Barcelona Work To Identify Manchester United Target's Potential Replacement

Matthijs de Ligt

The Catalan paper Sport claim that Barcelona are already hunting for replacements for Manchester United-bound central defender Samuel Umtiti.

The Catalan giants are willing to make a "huge effort" to keep the France global at the Camp Nou, but they will have to raise their offer or they risk losing him, as his release clause is just €60 million (£52.5 million).

Umtiti's current deal, signed when he arrived at Barça from Lyon in 2016, runs until 2021.

Umtiti has a release clause of £52million which obviously is a possible for United to raise. He has caught the eye of Barcelona chiefs and the La Liga leaders could make their move if Umtiti moves on.

Manchester United are interested in the Frenchman and want to take advantage of the breakdown in negotiations, per David McDonnell and Jacob Murtagh at the Mirror.

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Umtiti has been one of Barcelona's most effective players this season and may feel his contract does not reflect his performances and his importance to the team.

RB Leipzig centre back Dayot Upamecano has emerged as a top target for the Catalans after impressing in Germany's top flight, but his €100m buy-out clause is likely to be a stumbling block should any attempt be made to secure his services - with Leipzig proving to be strong negotiators.

It's suggested the France defender is looking for a pay rise worth £140,000 a week, but with Barcelona having recently upped Lionel Messi's salary and also spent big to bring Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele on board, the club are struggling to meet his demands.

The Red Devils are now in second place in the Premier League table as they bid to secure a spot in next season's Champions League.

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