Unless there's a late change, Samuel Umtiti will remain at FC Barcelona this season. Despite reports in England which suggested that Manchester United had launched a bid for Umtiti, the club insists that they've yet to receive a single offer for the World Cup winner this summer. Barça are open to letting Umtiti leave for the right price but, at the same time, would be happy to keep the defender on their books.
Umtiti himself has insisted he doesn't want to leave Barcelona. A year ago the interest in the centre back was huge and the club felt obligated to offer him a new deal which he promptly signed. On his previous contract, the buyout clause was a mere €60m but that's since been increased to €500m.
At the beginning of the summer, United did ask about Umtiti whilst discussing Ivan Rakitic's situation. They are still keen on the Croatian but it feels their interest in the defender has disappeared, with Harry Maguire being their first choice option. Barça wouldn't sell Umtiti for less than €60m.
Umtiti looks back to his best in preseason and is determined to win back his place in the starting XI from Clement Lenglet. The question mark continues to hang over Umtiti's knee problems and the concern from within the club is whether he can maintain his fitness for an entire season.
With Umtiti now likely to stay at the club, Barça aren't expected to bring in another centre back. The interest in De Ligt was a special case rather than an area identified as needing improvement. Todibo and Araujo will be hoping to gain more minutes in the first team after impressing throughout preseason.