Arsenal and Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti favours Chelsea transfer as Barcelona prepare to sell £45m star

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first_imgArsenal and Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti favours Chelsea transfer as Barcelona prepare to sell £45m star Advertisement Comment Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti reportedly favours a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti’s representatives have told Chelsea they are his preferred destination if he is forced out of Barcelona this summer, according to reports.French defender Umtiti has endured a mixed spell at the Nou Camp since joining Barca from Lyon in the summer of 2016.While he has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey cups, Umtiti has failed to cement a place in the first-team, starting just 12 matches so far this season.Reports in Spain say Barcelona are ready to sell the 26-year-old to raise funds for their own spending spree, with Umtiti already offered to Premier League rivals Arsenal and United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Chelsea are also interested in securing his signature and, according to the Daily Star, have been told that Umtiti would favour a move to Stamford Bridge if he was sold by Barcelona.Barca may have to lower their valuation to tempt Chelsea to launch a bid, however, as it is claimed they are being put off by his £45m price-tag.Instead, Chelsea are reportedly currently working on a deal for Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, who would cost around £22m. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Apr 2020 3:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Lampard was promised around £150m to spend on new signings before the coronavirus outbreak forced the 2019-20 season to be suspended.The Chelsea legend wants to sign a forward, a defender and potentially a new goalkeeper, with current No. 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga flattering to deceive following his record-breaking move to west London.The Blues, currently fourth in the Premier League, have also been linked with a move for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.But Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has advised his former club against signing the Brazilian, telling ESPN: ‘I don’t think so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.‘I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what? We have young players, very talented, who are very promising.‘We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game. I don’t know where his place would be.‘If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’MORE: Lautaro Martinez’s agent responds to Chelsea and Barcelona transfer linksMORE: Kevin De Bruyne hails Manchester United and Chelsea transfer targetlast_img read more