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Arsenal quoted asking price for Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona are prepared to part ways with defender Samuel Umtiti, should Arsenal meet their £53.8m valuation for the France international.

Umtiti has made 98 appearances during his three-year stay with the Blaugrana but there have been doubts regarding his future after falling down the pecking order last term.

According to The Mirror, the Blaugrana are willing to sanction the sale of the former Lyon man, should any team be willing to match their £53.8m price tag for the central defender.

Umtiti was the third-choice central defender at the Camp Nou last term with manager Ernesto Valverde preferring the likes of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at the heart of the backline.

It was previously indicated that he could drop further down the order with the potential signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, but that no longer appears a possibility with Juventus in advanced talks to land the Dutchman.

Aside from Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running to sign the centre-back and they could hold the advantage with the Blaugrana said to be pondering a part-exchange deal to re-sign Neymar.


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