Samuel Umtiti Reportedly Eyes Barcelona Pay Rise Amid Manchester United Interest

By Sports Wire on February 14, 2018

Samuel Umtiti will reportedly use interest from Manchester United in his negotiations with Barcelona over a new contract, with the aim of receiving a bumper new deal.

According to Sport's Albert Masnou (h/t Joe Short of the Express), the Red Devils made contact with the defender in January and were prepared to offer him a net annual salary of £5.3 million.

While Umtiti was reluctant to depart halfway through the campaign, he is said to have had his head turned by the approach. When he enters talks with Barcelona over his planned new contract next year, his agent will take into account the offer United put on the table.

The Blaugrana's priority with Umtiti's new deal is to increase his £53 million (€60 million) buyout clause to a less attainable figure.

The Frenchman's form has seen his clause attract attention of late, per Yahoo Sport's Andrew Gaffney:

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