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Arsenal ready to move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti?

Arsenal ready to move for Samuel Umtiti?
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Arsenal will reportedly make an approach for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti during the summer window, providing that they defeat Chelsea in the Europa League final.

Arsenal are reportedly ready to move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, providing that they overcome Chelsea in next week's Europa League final.

Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his backline during the summer transfer window, but the Spaniard will allegedly only have a limited budget if the Gunners do not qualify for the Champions League.

That will change if they defeat their London rivals in Baku next week, and L'Equipe claims that victory will be followed by an offer for Umtiti.

Barcelona need to raise funds in order to complete their desired deals ahead of next season, with Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann both said to be on their radar.

Umtiti could potentially find himself as fourth-choice centre-back, leaving the Catalan giants being prepared to cash in on the £50m-rated player.

Arsenal may look to part ways with Laurent Koscielny in order to free up space on their wage bill.


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Unai Emery greets Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines during Arsenal's Europa League tie with Qarabag FK on December 13, 2018
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