According to reports in Spain via TeamTalk , Arsenal are in the race to sign Barcelona unwanted center back Samuel Umtiti on a potential season-long loan deal after Barcelona decided to offload the centre-back this summer after failing to impress last season season season after suffering from injury and lack of consistency.
Barcelona have endured a turbulent few weeks as they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals which prompted the club’s captain Lionel Messi to hand in a transfer request and demand a move away from the Nou Camp.
Barca chiefs have brought-in Ronald Koeman as their new manager and the Dutchman is set to oversee a huge squad overhaul this summer with only a few Barcelona players considered as untouchable and unsellable.
Umtiti is one of several players who are availablefor transfer and TeamTalk are citing a report from the paper version of Mundo Deportivo that claims Arsenal are among a whole host of clubs showing an interest in the Frenchman.
The Spanish outlet suggests that Barcelona are concerned about the 26-year-old’s injury history and are ready to let him leave on an initial loan deal
due to a lack of serious bidders for a permanent transfer.
Mundo Deportivo , via TeamTalk, claims that Arsenal have been alerted to the news of Umtiti’s availability and are eyeing a surprise move for the Frenchman but will face competition from Leicester, West Ham and several clubs from Italy.