Samuel Umtiti
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Chelsea’s back-three was the foundation of our success last term, but has looked flimsy this time around.

Our defensive frailties were exposed for the world to see against AS Roma in the Champions League, where the Premier League champions were battered and beaten in a 3-0 thrashing.

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Chelsea were torn apart by AS Roma in the Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico.

Antonio Conte will undoubtedly be keen to ensure a performance of that nature does not happen again – but should he look to the transfer market in order to bolster his faltering back-line?

We believe so.

Samuel Umtiti

When Umtiti put pen-to-paper with Barcelona in the summer of 2016, he was already considered one of the brightest and most promising young defenders on the planet. However, he has fast developed into one of the best and most dependable – in any age group.

Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti has progressed into one of the world’s best defenders during his time at Barcelona.

According to Calciomercato, the Frenchman has a €60M (£53.5M) release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou. On the surface of it, that looks to be a great deal of money. However, in the modern, inflated transfer market, acquiring a player of his quality, who is only 23-years-old, means that it may well be a price worth paying.

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