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Samuel Umtiti and Manchester City hold transfer talks over potential £50m Etihad switch this month

Pep Guardiola hunting a new centre-back but Umtiti wants time to think about his Barcelona future

Manchester City have reportedly held transfer talks with Barcelona superstar Samuel Umtiti.

The Premier League leaders are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back this month.

Man City have held tranfer talks with Samuel Umtiti

And French news outlet L’Equipe claims Pep Guardiola has his sights firmly fixed on former Lyon ace Umtiti.

The 24-year-old has become a key man at the Nou Camp this season, displacing Javier Mascherano in the starting XI and forcing the Argentine to seek a move to China.

However, Umtiti has a release clause worth just £50million, and Barcelona fear clubs will be tempted to meet it after Liverpool set a new record for a defender by signing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk for £75m.

It’s reckoned that Barca are preparing a fresh contract for Umtiti which would see that £50m figure soar.


The Barcelona ace has a £50m release clause

But it appears City have already made their move by sending representatives to talk with the player.


Umtiti has reportedly been presented with Guardiola’s project for the future.

And his arrival at the Etihad could also see City begin to employ a three-man defence on a more regular basis.

However, a deal is far from sorted, and the report adds that Umtiti has asked for a “period of time” to reflect on City’s offer.

City are keen to sign a new centre-back this month

Umtiti has asked for time to think about his future

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