Barca star set to make shock move to EPL club

Manchester United spent a lot of money in the summer, but a gaping gap at the top of the English Premier League table, where the Pep Guardiola-led Manchester City team is wreaking havoc, has done little to ease doubts at Old Trafford about the strength of the team at their disposal.

One element that is highly under fire, especially from club manager Jose Mourinho is the team’s defence, following another poor performance, this time away to Tottenham in the league in a 2-0 defeat.

According to Eir Sport, Manchester United has decided that the only way to be more competitive is by making further signings, and this time the focus will be on defence, with Barcelona centre back Samuel Umtiti already said to be high on the agenda.

Mourinho believes that Umtiti not only has all the attributes needed to succeed in a more physically intensive league, but the fact that he is just 24 years old will also ensure that he can be a player who will grow with the team.

The powerful centre-back came through the ranks at Lyon, winning the Coupe De France and Trophee Des Champions in 2012. 170 appearances and three goals later, Umtiti made a £25 million move to Barcelona in 2016 following an impressive showing at the Euros 2016 with France, where he has currently made 66 appearances and scored one goal.

A fee in the region of £55 million is being speculated, and that would certainly not be beyond Manchester United’s budget.

It will be interesting to see who faces the axe if this move goes through, with none of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof securing a guaranteed starter’s berth yet.

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