Red Devils to trigger Samuel Umtiti's £54m release clause this summer

Fight for second adds edge to United v Liverpool showdown

Fight for second adds edge to United v Liverpool showdown

Jose Mourinho has already confirmed that the club will not be looking to sign an more attacking players at the season's end, suggesting he will be prioritising additions to his midfield and defence ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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.

Mourinho is believed to be ready to offload Chris Smalling and Phil Jones this summer, as he seeks to freshen up his backline.

The report adds that Mourinho calls Umtiti on a regular basis and is using the presence of his worldwide teammates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to persuade the centre-back to move to United.

Spanish publication Sport has reported that the Portuguese has identified Samuel Umtiti as the ideal addition for the English giants, and that the Red Devils would be prepared to match his €60 million (R879 million) release clause.

The 24-year-old is only into his second season at the Nou Camp but has become a first-team fixture at the heart of the defence alongside Gerard Pique.

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.

His current deal expires in 2021, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Umtiti was using interest from Man United to force Barcelona to offer him a bigger deal.

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