Report: Arsenal could sign world-class centre-back for £9m cheaper

Reported Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti could be sold for £9million cheaper than his original asking price, according to a report in The Express.

The Barcelona centre-back has struggled for game time this season, making just 16 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

Umtiti has suffered recurring injury problems this term, and lost his place to Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet under previous manager Ernesto Valverde.

While the 26-year-old has been given more game time by Quique Setien, he is reportedly still in line to be offloaded by the Camp Nou side.

According to the report in The Express, Barca were previously asking for upwards of £35million for Umtiti, but have dropped their initial starting price to £26million.

Signed for a reported £21million (BBC Sport), the French defender was reportedly valued at around £50million last summer, while his buyout clause is £455million (FCB website).

Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Chelsea have also been linked with the 2018 World Cup winner.

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