Chelsea join Umtiti chase

The Daily Star understands that Chelsea are ready to join the race to sign Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona.

The news comes days after Manchester United were linked with a move for the full-back and the Red Devils are favourites to secure his services.

However the reigning Premier League champions have thrown their hat into the ring as they look to strengthen their squad following a poor defense to their championship.

Lionel Messi is among those keen for the twenty-four to remain at the Nou Camp though Barca chiefs are reluctant to meet his wage demands leaving the door open for potential suitors to agree a deal should they meet his £53m release clause.

Umtiti moved to the La Liga giants from Lyon in the summer of 2016 and has since racked up seventy-four appearances in all competitions with his one and only goal for the club so far coming in a 5-0 win over Celta Vigo twelve months ago.

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