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Report: Liverpool touted as a possible suitor for Barcelona defender, club want him gone

The Daily Express have claimed that Liverpool could look to bring Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti to the club this summer, amid reports that he rejected a move to Anfield in January. The Spanish giants are keen to offload him in the coming months.

Umtiti, 27, has endured a difficult season at Barcelona under Ronald Koeman with injury limiting the World Cup winner to just 13 appearances throughout the 2020-21 campaign. He remains behind Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Oscar Mingueza.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have claimed that Barcelona want Umtiti to be sold. They need cash for other targets and getting rid of the ex-Lyon man makes sense – with the Express then reporting Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United are keen.

The Athletic – as per the Mail –  have claimed that Liverpool made a move in January, but the Frenchman decided to remain at the Nou Camp and that saw Liverpool bring in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies instead. Now, a summer move could be on the cards.

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TBR’s view – Umtiti would be a stunning signing for Liverpool

Even with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk all fit, Umtiti gives Liverpool something different. That is because he is left-footed – something which van Dijk, Gomez, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips and Kabak are not. Umtiti gives Liverpool a quality they lack.

Goal claim Umtiti has a release clause worth £52million and while he might not be worth that figure right now, he is certainly good enough to leave Barcelona for such a price. If Liverpool sign him for a cheaper fee, he can return to his best at Anfield.

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