Barcelona prepared to sell Umtiti in order to pursue De Ligt

Barcelona are prepared to sell Samuel Umtiti this summer in order to pursue a deal for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, say reports.

The France international has missed five months of this season with a knee injury but is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football.

The Cameroon-born defender, who joined from Lyon in 2016, has formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Gerard Pique at the Camp Nou.

But the emergence of Clement Lenglet and the pursuit of de Ligt has clouded his future at Barca, who reportedly need to raise funds from first-team squad sales in order to add new signings. report Umtiti is particularly vulnerable, with the club considering a summer sale in order to make a move for the Ajax captain.