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5 potential replacements for Samuel Umtiti at Barcelona

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31.29K   //    13 Mar 2018, 20:46 IST

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There is a lot of speculation surrounding Umtiti's future at Barca

Reports in Spain suggest that the Barcelona centre-back, Samuel Umtiti has threatened to leave the club to join Manchester United.

The Spanish transfer outlet, Don Balon have claimed that the French defender is unhappy with his current contract at the club and threatens to look for another club.

The player is believed to be asking for a pay rise that would see him earning more than € nine million-a-year.

Manchester United have deeply been interested in the French international in recent months. 

Reports suggested that United were willing to trigger his buy-out clause which stands close to £54 million. Having handed Lionel Messi a bumper contract, Umtiti eyes to get a wage hike from the club.

The Frenchman was an absolute steal for Barcelona and wants himself to be paid professionally well for his performances.

He appears to be flirting with the interest from Red Devils at the moment.

Having said that, let's take a look at the potential replacements for the Frenchman at the Camp Nou.

All the statistics have been derived from squawka.com

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#5 Kostas Manolas

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Manolas's future has constantly been in the air since 2017

The player is undoubtedly among the elite group of defenders in the business presently. He has showcased his quality in the Serie A and attracted the attention of some major clubs from across Europe.

The 26-year-old joined Roma in 2014 from Olympiacos. He is an essential player for the Italian side and been the key to their defence in recent years.

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Manolas has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season including six coming in the Champions League.

His quality in the air and maturity on the pitch make him invaluable. The defender avoids reckless challenges and reads the game to break down the attacking threats.

He has a passing accuracy of 88%, whereas he won 58% duels taking eight defensive actions per game, domestically.

The defender could be an adequate replacement for Umtiti at the club, considering his abilities.

Recently, clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea have been understood to be interested in the player. The Catalans would need to engage themselves in a bidding war to get their man.

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