Manchester United were prepared to pay the buyout clause of Samuel Umtiti’s Barcelona contract – two years ago.

Sport reports United played a key role in securing Umtiti a new contract at FC Barcelona.

United were willing to pay the French defender’s then release clause of €60m to sign him from Barcelona two years ago, something which accelerated his contract renewal talks.

As a result of the rumoured interest Barcelona offered the centre-back a new long-term deal with a whopping €500m release clause.

Barca are now struggling to find a buyer for Umtiti, with his past 18 months plagued by injury.

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