Report: Newcastle interested in Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti

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Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Samuel Umtiti from Lyon in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle United are interested in signing Samuel Umtiti from Lyon in the summer transfer window, according to The Chronicle.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that Umtiti is rated at £10 million by his French club Lyon.

Who is Samuel Umtiti?

Umtiti is a young and promising defender who has been on the books of Lyon his entire professional club career so far.

The 22-year-old is versatile enough to play as a centre-back or on the left side of the defence.

The youngster is a former France Under-21 international defender, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.

Umtiti has scored one goal and created one chance in 20 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon so far this season.

The defender has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 17%, and has won 54 headers, 10 dribbles and 21 tackles.

In four Champions League appearances this campaign, Umtiti created one chance, had a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 25%, and won six headers, two dribbles and seven tackles.

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