Red Devil preparing €100m bid to sign multiple Catalan stars
Manchester United are all set to steal Barcelona duo Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto away from the La Liga giants. The Red Devils are well aware that they do not stand a chance into tempting Barcelona to sell, and thus will have to trigger both players' release clauses. Jose Mourinho reportedly is happy to part with €100 million for the pair, as Umtiti's release clause is a paltry €60 million, while Roberto can be had for €40 million.
Barcelona parted with €25 million ahead of the 2016/17 season for the Umtiti's services, and has quickly become one of the Blaugrana's mainstays in defence. Meanwhile, Sergi Roberto came through the ranks at Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola giving the then 18-year-old his debut in the 2010/11 season.
Umtiti is reluctant to leave mid-season, so as to not jeopardize his spot in the French national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Manchester United are thus keen to price the defender away in January, since Barcelona may tie him down to a new deal. The Red Devils are much more positive about a deal for Sergi Roberto.