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Premier League trio jostle for French defender

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti does not want to leave the Camp Nou this summer but has multiple interested clubs from England and France.

A report from El Mundo Deportivo claims the Blaugrana are considering loaning out the central defender on a loan arrangement alongside a purchase option.

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Arsenal, West Ham and Everton are the three Premier League clubs who are said to have lodged an interest in the France international, along with Ligue 1 outfits Marseille, Rennes and Umtiti’s former club Lyon.

The Cameroon-born defender, who has lost his place in the France international side with Clement Lenglet – his Barca teammate – often preferred in both line-ups, while Gerard Pique is still first choice central defender at the Camp Nou.

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Umtiti’s contract at Barcelona runs through to the summer of 2023 and he is still keen to fight for his first-team place, but the club are keen to clear him from the wage bill for next season.

Ronald Araujo has also been promoted to the first-team squad while Barcelona transfer news has also linked them with a return for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

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