Barcelona are becoming increasingly nervous over the buyout clause of Samuel Umtiti.
The France defender’s escape clause is currently set at €60m – and he has so far refused to consider renegotiating terms.
Sport says seeing Liverpool pay a stunning €80m to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk has the alarm bells inside Barca ringing.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen, as is Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, and both Premier League giants wouldn’t blink paying Umtiti’s clause should he show a willingness to leave.
Those close to Umtiti say he doesn’t want to consider any new contract or rival offers until after the World Cup.
As such, Barca’s board face a tough first-half of 2018 sweating on Umtiti’s plans.