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Manchester City ‘look to out-of-favour Barcelona star’ Samuel Umtiti to solve defensive woe Manchester City have struggled defensively this year shipping in 19 goals  The club decided against replacing legendary captain Vincent Kompany They suffered a further blow with the injury to centre back Aymeric Laporte  Samuel Umtiti has been identified as a potential target for Pep Guardiola's side The Frenchman however has also suffered with a knee injury over the last year 

By Kieran Lynch For Mailonline

Published: 12:02 GMT, 9 December 2019 | Updated: 13:47 GMT, 9 December 2019

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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti could be set to join Manchester City next year as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his weak defence, according to reports.

The French international has been struggling with a knee injury for the past year, and there are doubts over his Camp Nou future.

Despite injury concerns, L'Equipe have reported that City could still be interested in the World Cup winning centre back.

Samuel Umtiti could be seen as someone to strengthen a currently fragile Man City defence

Samuel Umtiti could be seen as someone to strengthen a currently fragile Man City defence

The French newspaper say that City 'now view Umtiti as a possible January transfer amid a defensive shortage' at the Etihad Stadium.

It comes as no surprise that there are reports of the club dipping into the transfer market as a previously rock solid defence, has been exposed on several occasions this season. 

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