Thursday April 23 2020
Napoli up for Umtiti opportunity

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is the first choice for Napoli as a replacement if Kalidou Koulibaly is sold, claims Spanish paper Sport.

There are multiple reports Koulibaly is likely to leave the Stadio San Paolo this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Real Madrid all showing interest.

The Partenopei need to scout a replacement and the prime target would seem to be Umtiti.

The 26-year-old France international was signed from Olympique Lyonnais in 2016 for €25m and up until a few months ago, his price-tag was believed to be €50m.

However, the COVID-19 crisis has seen a downturn in the average transfer fees across Europe.

It’s also fair to say Umtiti hasn’t been living up to expectations lately, suffering from injuries and poor form, making just 16 competitive appearances for Barcelona this season.

Manchester United also see Umtiti as an alternative to their first choice Koulibaly, who would cost well over €100m.

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