For most Tottenham Hotspur fans, the first time they saw Samuel Umtiti was when he scored one of the goals of the season against them in the 2-1 win over Lyon in the Europa League knockout stages. Since that match Spurs have reportedly sent scouts to watch Umtiti, who will be the target of several big clubs this summer.
AC Milan are also interested in the 19 year old, who has made 25 appearances for Lyon in all competitions this season. Newcastle United might also try and use their growing appeal to young French players to bring Umtiti to St James Park, especially if Davide Santon departs in the summer.
If Santon does leave, it will likely be to Milan, perhaps leaving Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur as the two clubs leading the hunt for Umtiti. As demonstrated last summer and in the January window, Lyon’s financial concerns have made them willing to let their best players leave if the right bid comes in, although their chairman, Jean Michel-Aulas, very much comes from the Daniel Levy school of negotiating, meaning any moves could be left right until the end of the window.
Umtiti, who can also play at centre back, has a remarkably well rounded game considering his relative youth, Fast, strong and comfortable passing the ball or carrying it forward himself, it is not surprising that many clubs are taking an interest in his future. Add in the odd wonder goal like the one he scored against Spurs, and he could be one of the transfers of the summer if Spurs could bring him to White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas could be on the lookout for a left back to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto, whose future has been the subject of speculation over the course of the season. Spurs also have Ezekiel Fryers in their youth set up, and Danny Rose has impressed at left back on loan at Sunderland, but might view Umtiti as a better long term replacement for the Cameroonian.
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