The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent seasons after impressing at the Nou Camp.
However, more recently, Arsenal entered the race after Unai Emery publicly praised Umtiti in an interview.
And according to reports in Italy, the Gunners are in the driving seat when it comes to securing a summer deal, despite other interest.
TuttoMercatoWeb say that Roma are eyeing Umtiti should Kostas Manolas leave the club in the coming months.
But despite the Serie A club’s interest, Arsenal remain favourites to land the 25-year-old, claims the publication.
Umtiti has been a long-term target for United, however, and is expected to be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shortlist as he looks to overhaul his defence in the near future.
Reports recently claimed Catalan chiefs are unhappy with the Frenchman due to the amount of time it took for him to sign a new contract and his ‘flirtation’ with the Red Devils.
Barcelona had been trying to tie Umtiti down to a new deal due to the low release clause.
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And they finally succeeded last summer after the World Cup winner returned to Spain for the start of the new season.
Speaking recently, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu discussed the player’s future.
“He renewed before the World Cup; he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue,” he said.
“He has to regain form after recovering from his injury, as we want to have him in the best form possible.
“He and [Clement] Lenglet are two of the best left-footed central defenders and at Barca we want the best.”
Umtiti’s Barcelona take on Manchester United in the Champions League this evening.