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Report: Samuel Umtiti will be offered to Arsenal this summer

Samuel Umtiti will be offered to Arsenal this summer, with the Daily Star reporting that the Barcelona centre-back nearly joined the Gunners on loan during the January transfer window.

The Gunners face missing out on a place in the top-four in the Premier League. They now look set to finish fifth in the table and qualify for next year’s Europa League.

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Obviously, that is a blow to their plans in the transfer market. But the fans will still be hoping for a number of significant arrivals over the coming months.

And perhaps one of those to arrive will be a World Cup winner.

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The Daily Star reports that Barcelona plan to offer Umtiti to Arsenal. The report notes that he looked set to move to the Emirates on loan in January before an injury scuppered those hopes.

Arsenal are long-time admirers of Umtiti. And Barca hope that their recent injury crisis at centre-back may help convince the Gunners to make a move for the 28-year-old.

Samuel Umtiti will be offered to Arsenal

Umtiti has had a strange time at Barca. Obviously, there is no shame in not being a regular starter for the Catalan giants. He has still made over 130 appearances for the club.

Eric Abidal labelled him ‘world-class‘. And Barca handed him a deal with a £423 million release clause back in 2018.

However, it is unlikely to be a potential move that excites Arsenal fans. There was much surprise when Barcelona handed him a new contract earlier this season.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star notes that there are doubts over William Saliba’s future.

So if Arteta decides to let him leave and is replaced by Umtiti, there is likely to be a lot of discontent.

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