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REVEALED: Arsenal boss Arteta put in call to Barcelona defender Umtiti

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has turned down an offer from Arsenal this week.

Le Parisian says Gunners boss Mikel Arteta made direct contact with the France international about a move to London before tonight's transfer deadline. Arsenal were keen to take Umtiti on-loan and Barca were willing to do business.

However, Umtiti has politely rejected the approach.

The centre-half wants to stay with Barca and fight for his place. The Frenchman has lost his first-choice status this season with Clement Lenglet now regarded as Gerard Pique's No1 centre-half partner.

For their part, Barca's board are keen to sell, but Umtiti is digging in his heels.

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