Could Andoni Zubizarreta be key to Arsenal's reported Samuel Umtiti hopes?

A general view of the Emirates Stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.

Arsenal reportedly made a bid to sign Barcelona's La Liga and World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti on Monday.

FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti (23) during the match FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol, for the round 29 of La Liga played at Camp Nou  on 30th March 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Samuel Umtiti appears to be emerging as one of Arsenal’s main summer targets.

Goal reported recently that Barcelona were willing to listen to offers for France’s World Cup winning centre-back as they aim to finance a bid for Ajax wonder kid Matthijs de Ligt, and it didn’t take long for The Emirates to emerge as a potential destination.

Tuttomercatoweb claimed on Monday that the Gunners had made a bid to sign Umtiti on loan for the 2019/20 season with an option to buy for around £38.5 million – a bargain in today’s transfer market.

If Arsenal want to lure Umtiti to North London, hiring Andoni Zubizarreta as their new director of football could come in handy.

According to L’Equipe, Marseille’s transfer guru is tempted by a move to Arsenal, who have identified the Spaniard as their number one target after missing out on Sevilla-bound Monchi.

Andoni Zubizarreta of Olympique de Marseille attends the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at Parc des Princes on March 17, 2019 in Paris,...

In an intriguing twist, it was Zubizarreta who was behind Umtiti’s £23 million move from Lyon to Barcelona in 2016 (AS).

The former Spanish international goalkeeper was Barca’s director of football at the time and laid the groundwork for Umtiti’s big-money switch, even if it was his successor Robert Fernandez who got the deal over the line.

If Zubizarreta arrives at Arsenal, don’t be surprised if Umtiti follows.

Sergio Rico of Sevilla FC, Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona  during the La Liga Santander  match between Sevilla v FC Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on March 31, 2018 in...

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