Man Utd and Man City on red alert as Barcelona consider selling defender Samuel Umtiti
MANCHESTER UNITED and Manchester City are on red alert as Barcelona consider selling Samuel Umtiti, according to reports.
It is understood the Catalan giants are willing to listen to offers for the centre-back, 25.
Umtiti has only just returned to full fitness after a lengthy spell out due to a knee injury – although he was included in Didier Deschamps' latest French squad ahead of team-mate Clement Lenglet and Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte.
But according to Calciomercato, Barca may let the star go despite paying Lyon £20.4million for him less than three years ago.
That is because they are considering a move for Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.
The 19-year-old has captained his club this season and was one of the standout performers as they dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League.
And after already securing Frenkie de Jong's services from next season, they will no doubt be keen to bring in his team-mate.
But with Gerard Pique, Lenglet, Jeison Murillo and Jean-Clair Todibo at the club – as well as Thomas Vermaelen – Umtiti may be the man sacrificed.
One club's loss would be another's gain and there would be no shortage of sides interested in the World Cup winner.
Umtiti is understood to "like" both Manchester clubs and would be "interested" in a move.
Both sides are in need of a new centre-back, with Manchester City forced to play the likes of Danilo and Fernandinho there in recent weeks, while United missed out on a number of targets last summer.
And if he did head to Manchester, Umtiti would have no problems settling in one would have thought.
At the Etihad, international team-mate Benjamin Mendy would make him feel welcome while fellow defenders Laporte and Eliaquim Mangala are also French.
Across town at Old Trafford, meanwhile, are Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
However, City's plans may well be completely scrapped if they are slapped with a transfer ban by Fifa, as SunSport exclusively revealed.
And United may get the chance to get ahead of the game when they face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
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