Barcelona prioritise Umtiti renewal amidst Lenglet link

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 17/05/2018

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One of the main priorities for Barcelona this summer is to tie Samuel Umtiti down to a new deal despite their reported interest in Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, according to reports from Spain.

Lenglet is in line for a possible switch from Sevilla to the Camp Nou this summer in a deal worth around 30 million euros.

However, contrary to what Mundo Deportivo has published, the agreement is far from finished. That is because there are other priorities on the slate for the Azulgrana. As far as centre-backs are concerned, Barcelona's biggest issue is the contractual situation of Umtiti.

The Cameroon-born defender, who has not played in the last two games due to a mysterious discomfort in his left knee, signed a contract in 2016 with a release clause set at just 60m euros. Two years on, his great performances have piqued the interest of several clubs, who would have no problem meeting that figure.

Aware of his position of strength, Umtiti according to MARCA has asked for his salary to practically be tripled and bringing him more in line with what Gerard Pique is making, a man who has been a vital part of the Barcelona defence for almost a decade.