Barcelona securing Umtiti's future is double-boost for Tottenham chairman Levy

Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on March 4, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

How Barcelona deal affects Tottenham and Toby Alderweireld.

Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on March 4, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona managing to secure the future of Samuel Umtiti can work in Tottenham's favour two-fold, damaging Manchester United.

Umtiti signed a new deal with Barcelona this week, much to the club's relief. His previous contract had a £53 million release clause, which has now been increased to a staggering £437 million, BBC Sport report.

His previous release clause left Barcelona vulnerable, with Catalan newspaper SPORT reporting late last year that the club were increasingly worried about it.

The Independent reported earlier this year Barcelona were planning a move for Toby Alderweireld this summer.

Their need to do so has now been dramatically reduced, if not erased altogether.

Tottenham Hotspur's English chairman Daniel Levy (L) speaks with Manchester City Emirati chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak during the English Premier League football match between Manchester...

Yet Manchester United are the real losers in this, and it plays right into the hands of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

The Red Devils had been strongly linked with both Umtiti and Alderweireld - with the former now off the table.

The Mirror reported that United were hopeful of landing the Frenchman.

Alderweireld is now clearly United's top target in central defence, a position exposed as a weakness in the FA Cup final, with Phil Jones faltering on the big stage.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (L) vies with Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham...

The Sun reported recently that Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Alderweireld - but no bid has yet been forthcoming.

The Red Devils will find it tough to find an available centre-back capable of matching Alderweireld, and Umtiti might have been the only credible alternative.

Tottenham will realise this, and tough negotiating chairman Daniel Levy will be able to turn the screw on the Red Devils and ramp up the asking price.

The longer the impasse goes on, the better Tottenham's chances of either landing an extremely high fee for the Belgian, or even keeping him.

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