Arsenal transfer boost with Barcelona ‘happy to allow defender Samuel Umtiti to leave on loan next season’

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BARCELONA are reportedly ready to loan out Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti this summer.

Spanish outlet Sport claims the French centre-back is not in Barca’s future plans.

And Umtiti will be allowed to depart on loan with the view to completing a permanent deal in 2021.

The former Lyon man, 26, has spent four years at Barcelona and won two titles.

 

However, Umtiti has been plagued by injuries during his time at the Nou Camp and has only made 77 La Liga appearances.

By comparison, Gerard Pique has made 124 league appearances in that same time.

And Umtiti has now found himself playing second fiddle to compatriot Clement Lenglet.

But Barca want to sign a brand new centre-back this summer as they look set to lose their title to rivals Real Madrid.

Lenglet or Pique would drop down to the bench, which means there is no future for Umtiti in Catalonia.

Arsenal are long-term admirers of the left-footer and would surely jump at the chance to land him on loan.

They have struggled at the back this season and have been forced to keep the likes of David Luiz and Pablo Mari due to a lack of transfer funds.

Manchester United have also been linked, while Chelsea have made no secret of their interest.

An optional fee for a permanent deal next year makes it even more tempting for suitors to come forward.

Umtiti is just one of nine players Barcelona are hoping to get rid of over the next few months as they look to reinforce the squad with new signings – including Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

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