Arsenal started negotiations with €20m-rated La Liga centre-back

Arsenal could be a possible destination for Samuel Umtiti in the summer transfer window, with Barcelona keen on offloading the defender ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. Arsenal might need to invest in a defender amid rising uncertainties surrounding William Saliba’s future.

France international was considered one of the best young centre-backs in Europe when he joined the Blaugrana from Lyon in summer 2016. Umtiti initially justified the hype surrounding him and became a crucial figure for the Catalan giants.

But injuries have taken a toll on Samuel, who has gradually become an afterthought at Barcelona. The 28-year-old centre-back has featured only once this campaign while spending half of the campaign on the sidelines due to a toe injury.

And after falling to the bottom of the pecking order for defenders at Barcelona, the French defender could depart from the Catalan club in the summer transfer window, with the Gunners a possible destination.

The Gunners might have to invest in a centre-back for a third successive summer transfer window despite the fantastic displays of White and Gabriel this campaign. As the Spanish manager has brutally found out, strength in depth is a major issue for Arsenal, especially with Mavropanos set to depart from the London club permanently.

In addition, Saliba faces an uncertain future at Emirates Stadium, with Marseille keen on signing him permanently in the summer transfer window following a fantastic 2021/22 season by the French defender.