Arsenal are eyeing a late move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti ahead of the 5 pm deadline today, according to The Sun
The North London club are thought to only have the option of signing the Frenchman on loan rather than a permanent deal.
Shkodran Mustafi could be leaving the Emirates today on either a loan or permanent deal, according to Sky Sports.
The club are also expected to complete a move for Chelsea central defender David Luiz before the 5 pm deadline today.
Links with Samuel Umtiti come following the collapse of a deal for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani. It is thought that Arsenal failed to agree on a fee with the Turin-based club.
The club also lost out on a deal for Dayot Upamecano, with Red Bull Leipzig only wanting to sell the defender for his full release clause which stands at £92m. With Mustafi potentially leaving the club, and Laurent Koscielny having already left, Unai Emery may need to sign a second new centre-back to fill the void.
Umtiti could be the man to do just that as he has shown with Barcelona and France in the last year. The France international scored a key goal in the 2018 World Cup semi-final as the French beat Belgium 1-0.
His statistics with Barcelona were also very good, with Umtiti averaging 94.5% passing accuracy in La Liga last season. That figure wasn’t just higher than Arsenal’s current centre-back options, it was higher than any player at the club managed in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old also averaged more than 63.4 passes per game, also more than any other player at the club bar Granit Xhaka. Both these statistics shows how comfortable Umtiti is on the ball, making him suitable for Emery’s passing style of play.
A mixture of defenders leaving, and Umtiti’s ability on the ball means signing the France international is a no-brainer.
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