Everton eye transfer for Samuel Umtiti with Barcelona ready to slash £10.7m asking price to offload £75k-a-week flop

Everton eye transfer for Samuel Umtiti with Barcelona ready to slash £10.7m asking price to offload £75k-a-week flop

EVERTON have reportedly reignited their interest in Samuel Umtiti with Barcelona ready to cut their losses on the defender.

The Toffees were heavily linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the summer but failed to bring him to Goodison Park.

Everton are said to be interested in a move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti

Everton are said to be interested in a move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti

France international Umtiti has yet to feature under former Everton boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona this season.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, current Blues chief Carlo Ancelotti is ready to raid LaLiga again in the hopes of landing another superstar.

The report adds that Barca are keen to cut Umtiti’s 75,000-a-week wages from their book and would be willing to enter talks with Everton.

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It is said the Catalans could even slash their £10.7million asking price to get a deal over the line.

SunSport previously reported that both Manchester United and Arsenal have also registered an interest in signing the World Cup Winner.

Injuries have limited Umtiti to just 33 games in all competitions since the 2018-19 season, with the centre-back yet to feature this campaign.

As a result of his problems and Barca needing money due to Covid-19, boss Koeman put him up for sale.

Yet despite being unwanted by the Dutchman, Umtiti recently declared he does not want to leave the club where he has a contract until 2023.

Speaking to Canal Football Club, he said: “I don’t see myself in a club other than Barcelona.

“I have been clear with everyone on this issue.”

Umtiti has featured in 116 games for the Blaugrana since joining from Lyon in 2016 – helping the club win two LaLiga titles.

Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti shows off his impressive ball control in training