Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti has informed Chelsea that they are his preferred destination.
Frank Lampard knows that he needs to sign defenders in the summer as the current crop are not quite good enough, and he has been linked with a whole host of players over the last few months, but they have not showed any real interest in the unhappy Barcelona star.
However, The Daily Star claim Umtiti is not keen to leave Barcelona but intermediaries have let us know that they are his preferred option if he is forced to depart during the summer transfer window, and the report also states that Umtiti has already been offered to Arsenal and Manchester United.
But we are still weighing up their options and are currently moving forward with their pursuit of Gabriel Magalhaes, with some reports even suggesting that the talented Lille defender is on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £30 million.
Look, we do need to improve certain areas of the pitch in the summer that is for certain, but Umititi is not the same player he was just a few seasons ago and is constantly picking injuries that is keeping him out of the game.
If Umtiti is to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, then he would not be welcome here as he would not improve the back-line and his injury record just shows that he is not cut out for the big occasions.