Man United prepared to meet £52.7m release clause to complete stunning summer transfer

According to Don Balon, Manchester United want to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

What’s the story?

United boss Jose Mourinho is expected to be in the market for a new central defender at the end of the current season.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been impressive for the club in recent weeks, but both struggled against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Eric Bailly is regarded as United’s number one centre-back, but the Ivorian has been out of action since November, whilst Victor Lindelof has not convinced following his move from Benfica ahead of the new season.

According to Don Balon, Mourinho has identified Barcelona’s Umtiti as his leading target, and the Portuguese is confident of landing the Frenchman in this summer’s transfer window.

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