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Roma interested in Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is being linked with a move to Italian side Roma by the Catalan press.

Both Mundo Deportivo and SPORT have run stories about the possibility of Umtiti, 26, moving to Roma.

Umtiti has reportedly been offered to the Giallorossi through an intermediary and they are interested.

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is looking to add a new central defender to his side.

Chris Smalling is returning to Manchester United after Roma failed to agree an extension to his loan.

And while they have not given up on a permanent deal, Smalling’s continuity at the Stadio Olimpico is in doubt.

Free agent Jan Vertonghen is on Roma’s radar, but he is wanted by a long list of clubs after leaving Spurs.

Having fallen out of favour at Barca, Umtiti could be a reasonably low-cost alternative for Rome.

His salary is quite large, but the Italian tax system allows their clubs to pay good wages.

Umtiti’s injuries have resulted in a loss of pace, but it is felt that his defensive qualities would suit Serie A.

The likely formula for a deal would be Umtiti joining the capital club on loan with an option to buy.

Roma’s domestic rivals Napoli are also keen on the 31-time French international.

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