Barcelona targets Umtiti and Vermaelen's replacement

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 30/03/2018

Barcelona is targeting Toulouse defender Issa Diop and Schalke Thilo Kehrer as a replacement for Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, according to report.

The La Liga giants aim to upgrade their defence and the interest came as a result of the fact that Umtiti might leave at the end of the season , with Thomas Vermaelen also expected to depart, according to Diario Gol.

France Under-21 international Diop has a €25m price tag has grown into a key component of Toulouse’s defence, with 85 first-team appearances and a growing reputation.

Meanwhile, Barcelona is also interested in the sevices of Kehrer, 21, who has made over 50 appearances for Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Umtiti has a €60m release clause at the Camp Nou with reported growing concerns that he will not renew his deal.