Unai Emery Hails Barcelona Star Samuel Umtiti Ahead Of Summer Transfer Window

Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti in the summer.

The imposing defender has struggled with injuries this season prompting speculation he could leave the Nou Camp in the summer.

The Gunners have been reported to be interested in securing his signature if he does depart and have been linked with a £60m move for the French international.

Umtiti is said to be considering his future after losing his starting place – and Unai Emery has fuelled speculation by praising the player.

He also revealed how his nationality could also be a factor in convincing him to make a move to acquire his services due to past experiences with French players.

“He’s a very good player,” Emery told RMC Sport.

“France has a lot of very good footballers who are playing abroad. The French league is a very attractive market for a lot of teams.

“I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal.

“I’ve always been able to count on those players.”

Emery could be forced to work with a tight budget in the summer, particularly if they miss out on a return to Champions League football.

The Gunners have their attentions on their Europa League quarter-final clash with Napoli on Thursday before travelling to Watford next Monday.

Chelsea’s win over West Ham tonight (Monday) moved Emery’s side out of the Premier League top four and down to fifth place, although they have a game in hand on the Blues.

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