Barcelona target Samuel Umtiti said he would struggle to reject an offer to move to Nou Camp during the coming summer transfer window, claiming that "many players would like to play" at the La Liga giants. Although the Lyon star did not confirm reports that he had agreed personal terms to become the Catalans first summer signing, he did confirm that his focus right now is to help France win the European Championship.
The 22-year-old defender has become one of the most sought-after players of the transfer window as most of the European giants are looking to bolster the centre-back position ahead of next season. In April, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Spurs were also keeping an eye on his development while, earlier this month, Mundo Deportivo claimed Arsenal and specifically Chelsea are also interested in securing his services.
In the past week, the Catalan publication has reported that Umtiti will finally move to Barcelona after being earmarked as Luis Enrique's top priority to bolster his back-line.
Mundo Deportivo said that Umtiti has eventually already agreed a five-year deal to move to Barcelona to become the club first signing of the summer. They added that the transfer deal with Lyon has progressed and would close in at around €25m (£19.7m), plus add-ons of around €5m.
Umtiti has refused to confirm reports from the French camp but didn't hide his admiration for the La Liga giants when asked about the speculation.
As quoted by Mundo Deportivo, he said : "Barça are a great club and many players would like to play there."
"I am handling the rumours well, I am happy to be here (at Euro2016) and I am taking advantage of every moment. My future is being dealt with by my agents. I am not too distracted by that right now, I am focused on this competition."