Umtiti to sign new five-year deal with Barca

06 June 2018, 12:50 | Kristine Mills

Cameroon-born Umtiti signed for Barcelona in 2016

Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti says Antoine Griezmann would be a "fantastic" signing.

The France global, who scored the opening goal in his country's 3-1 victory over Italy on Friday, joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2016.

Umtiti joined Barca for €25m from Lyon in 2016 and he quickly established himself alongside Pique in the middle of the back four.

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Samuel Umtiti has denied that he considered leaving Barcelona earlier this year, saying that his priority was always to remain at the Camp Nou after signing a new five-year contract. While the Ivorian is more likely to stay, the need to sign a centre-back is imperative for Manchester United, making the Barcelona superstar, considered one of the best in the world, a viable target.

That relatively low release clause had seen him linked with a move away, with Manchester United and Manchester City mentioned.

Umtiti, who is 24 and has played 17 times for France, took a break from World Cup camp at Clairefontaine near Paris to travel to Barcelona.

Sergio Busquets is also in line for a new contract but Barcelona will now turn their attention to bringing in new players.



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