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    Man Utd and Arsenal in five-club transfer battle for Samuel Umtiti as they eye Barcelona star to strengthen defences

    MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.
    The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books.

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    Manchester United and Arsenal are due to battle it out for Samuel UmtitiCredit: Getty

    Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez have already left as part of new boss Ronald Koeman’s summer overhaul.
    Now France Football claims Umtiti could be the next one to depart, and the defender is in high-demand.
    According to the news outlet, there are five teams who want the 26-year-old ex-Lyon ace.
    The Gunners and Red Devils are allegedly the two with the most significant interest in him.
    United are looking for an extra defender to compete with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to play alongside captain Harry Maguire.
    Mikel Arteta is also working on a restructuring job at Arsenal and appears to want to add the star to his squad.
    French side Rennes are also keen to bring him in ahead of their maiden Champions League campaign.

    But they face competition from Lyon who also hope for him to return.

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    However, they are unable to make any transfer moves until the future of Memphis Depay is resolved.
    And Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are the other side interested.
    They want to replace Diego Godin and add some pace into their backline.

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    Arsenal ace Mark McGuinness joins Ipswich on season-long loan deal with Arteta wanting defender to get first-team action

    ARSENAL youngster Mark McGuiness has joined Ipswich on loan for the season.
    The defender, 19, put pen to paper on a temporary switch on Tuesday.

    Mikel Arteta has high hopes for the Ireland Under-19 international and featured him in pre-season this year, scoring against MK Dons.
    He was captain and man of the match for the U21s in the EFL Trophy victory over Ipswich earlier in September.
    But Arsenal are keen for the 6ft 4ins centre-back, back fit after a lengthy spell out last season, to get first-team football under his belt so allowed him to join the Tractor Boys for the 2020-21 League One campaign.
    McGuiness, who will wear the No2 at Portman Road, said: “The lads have started really well, so I know I’ll have to impress and I won’t just walk into the team, but I’m up for the challenge.
    “I hope that Ipswich get promoted – I think that’s the main goal for everyone.
    “The experience here could be invaluable to me. I want to make the most of it and help the club achieve what it wants.
    “I feel like I’ve been ready to go out on loan for a while, but I picked up a few injuries last season unfortunately. This year I’m ready to push on.

    “I love to head the ball! Being my size I should be a threat in both boxes really.

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    Mark McGuinness scored for Arsenal in the pre-season friendly against MK Dons in AugustCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “I like to be the leader and take control. That’s always been a part of my game that I’ve excelled at.
    “My main priority is defending, I like to keep the ball out of the net.
    “But I know this is a ball playing team and being at Arsenal for nine years that’s something in my game as well.”

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