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Barcelona send warning to Arsenal over Samuel Umtiti transfer

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is wanted by Arsenal
Samuel Umtiti is on Arsenals radar (Getty Images)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told Arsenal that they do not plan to sell Samuel Umtiti this summer.

Reports last month claimed that the Gunners have opened talks with the Spanish champions to discuss a potential deal for the France international.

Unai Emery has also made it clear that he would be interested in a deal for Umtiti by claiming that the 25-year-old is a very good player in an interview with French television earlier this month.

But Bartomeu is adamant that Barca are planning to keep Umtiti.

He renewed him before the World Cup, he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue, Bartomeu told TVE.

Samuel Umtiti will stay at Barcelona, according to the club's president
Umtiti will stay at Barca, according to the clubs president (Getty Images)

Now he has to recover from his injury as we want to have him in the best form possible.

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Having Umtiti and [Clement] Lenglet on the left [side of central defence] is a guarantee and I would like him to continue.

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