Samuel Umtiti has appeared on a talk-show and refused to answer questions on his Barcelona renewal.
Los Cules continue to try and work out the finer details of a contract extension for the former Lyon defender, with his current buy-out clause sitting at a rather paltry 60 million euros.
As part of the Telefoot program on TF1, the French international took part in a jovial questionnaire game in which he was given the option of answer yes, no or joker to each question.
Using his joker option would be a way of essentially passing on the question, and this was his response on two separate occasions when quizzed on whether he would renew at the Camp Nou or sign for Manchester United.
His current deal ends in 2021, and the Blaugrana remain scarred by Neymar’s acrimonious exit last summer.
As such, they’re keen not to be burned by buyout clauses again.
Jose Mourinho is searching for a central defender to partner Eric Bailly, and given Umtiti’s performances since arriving in LaLiga, it’s unsurprising that he’d be at the very top of such a shortlist.
Barcelona are acutely aware they must offer the defender better terms, especially when you consider he is only 24 years old, and would cost significantly less than Virgil van Dijk.