Spanish portal Don Balon claims that Umtiti and his representatives, are locked in negotiations with Barcelona chiefs, but an agreement is seemingly way off due to the fact that the French global is asking for a wage increase which would see him earn in excess of €9m-a-season.
According to the report, Umtiti wants to be in the same salary bracket as the likes of Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, while the club feel his demands are too high.
Umtiti has been linked to Old Trafford for several months and a deal appears to be edging closer to completion after Barcelona refused to pay the Frenchman what he wants.
Jose Mourinho is interested in him and with Umtiti's release fee priced at 60m, he is one of the best options on the market.
And the saga has taken another twist with the news that Mourinho has already promised the player that United are ready and willing to meet his wage demands - with Catalan paper Sport claiming the United boss made a personal call to try and woo the former Lyon man last week.
The "feeling" between the two sides is not promising. That would have been in January 2019 for Umtiti, but they didn't mind starting a bit earlier, considering Umtiti a special case.
Samuel Umtiti's current deal still runs until June 2021, but the club are keen to extend contractl because it includes a €60 million (R869 million) release clause.
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