Barcelona is set to offer Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti a new deal in a bid to see off competition from the Premier League leaders.
Barcelona is preparing a deal that will increase the defender’s release clause so as to retain his services for the coming seasons and protect him from any suitors.
Jose Mourinho wants to sign the Barcelona defender after giving up on the reunion with Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.
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The former Lyon defender has been in great form for the La Liga giants since his arrival from French League last season which has attracted the attention of Mourinho.
Manchester United boss Mourinho wants to trigger his €60m (£53m) release clause as he looks to bolster his defensive options for a third successive summer.
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Red Devil’s summer signing Victor Lindelof slow start at United has triggered Mourinho move to search for a defender that can partner Eric Bailey in the heart of the defence.
Umtiti has completed more passes in his own half of the pitch than any other player in La Liga this season (380).