Chelsea in secret negotiation to land Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti.
The France International star player’s future has been in doubt over the past few weeks with Manchester United and Chelsea heavily linked to signing him.
Don Balon claim that Chelsea are having a secret negotiation to beat Manchester United to Samuel Umtiti’s signature. Don Balon believe they both have a good relationship and Chelsea have opted to negotiate a deal rather than pay his 60m euros release clause.
According to Don Balon, but not the best source, Umtiti informing them of an offer from league rival Real Madrid as sparked them into light, as he could also be tempted to join the Los Blancos over Chelsea or Manchester United.
It’s a known fact that Samuel Umtiti has been asking for a salary increase and Barcelona are reluctant to listen. That would be the €9m a year (after tax) Manchester United are said to have offered him.
Don Balon feel Samuel Umtiti is pushing for a new contract at a higher figure than the Spanish giants are willing to offer.
Chelsea are in need of a natural defender and they might be willing to give him €9m after-tax wages per season and also pay Barcelona above is release clause.