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Man City target Barcelona star Umtiti to bolster backline

| 05.01.2018

Manchester City have reportedly held talks with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti as they look to reinforce their defence.

Reports from France suggest that the 24-year-old has discussed a move with City and is now weighing up his options.

He’s got a £53m release clause and our traders have him at 13/8 to join the Premier League leaders.

City have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season (13 goals conceded), but they don’t want to be caught short at the back.

Vincent Kompany’s fitness can’t be relied upon anymore. And when he and John Stones were both out, it left Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala as the only available central defenders.

Pep Guardiola’s side face Burnley at home in the FA Cup third round this weekend.

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Daniel Anwar

Daniel has covered sports for Squawka, FourFourTwo and iSportconnect. He is a naively optimistic Arsenal fan and is also passionate about music, film and chicken wings.