According to reports from Spain, Barcelona have initiated fresh contact with Samuel Umtiti’s representatives over a new contract at Camp Nou.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the France international and there were initially concerns over the player’s focus at Barca amid the speculation.

However, it seems the club are keen to help Umtiti turn his attention away from United’s apparent interest. According to Mundo Deportivo, talks have been re-opened between Umtiti’s agent and representatives of Barcelona’s board over a contract extension.

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An offer has long been on the table for Umtiti with the Catalan giants but he is still yet to commit his future to the La Liga leaders. Although, if Mundo Deportivo are to be believed, there is a greater belief that the Frenchman will commit his future to Barcelona after fresh talks.

Manchester United are evidently on the lookout for a new central defender this summer. However, if Umtiti does pen a new deal with Barca, they may be forced to look elsewhere.