Manchester United want Umtiti

Jose Mourinho 'regularly calls' Barcelona star to discuss £53m transfer to Man Utd

Jose Mourinho 'regularly calls' Barcelona star to discuss £53m transfer to Man Utd

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is ready to snub Man Utd and join Chelsea if Luis Enrique takes over at Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the Express.

Sport also reports that Umtiti is "letting himself be loved" by Mourinho, who has ordered his French national team-mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with charming him to Manchester.

The French worldwide has been a constant in-form performer for Barca, so much so, that his release clause is causing problems for the Catalan club.

Umtiti arrived in Catalonia from Lyon in the summer of 2016 and has quickly adapted to Spain's top flight, cementing his place as Gerard Pique's preferred partner in central defence under manager Ernesto Valverde.

The 24-year-old French worldwide defender has produced numerous cultured and impressive displays at the heart of the defence.

According to Sport, Manchester United chiefs are having constant meetings with Yannick Umtiti, the defender's brother and agent, and made an attempt to sign the player during the January transfer window.

Red Devils' boss Jose Mourinho is a big admirer for Umtiti, and it is now being reported that the English club could make a move, with Diario Sport claiming they would be willing to increase his wages by adding an extra €4m-per-year.

The newspaper says Blues officials have told Enrique they are willing to do all they can to sign the French worldwide as they see him as the ideal long-term replacement for David Luiz.

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