Reviews final month claimed that the Gunners have opened talks with the Spanish champions to discuss a potential deal for the France international.
Unai Emery has additionally made it clear that he could be all in favour of a deal for Umtiti by claiming that the 25-year-old is a ‘very good player’ in an interview with French television earlier this month.
However Bartomeu is adamant that Barca are planning to preserve Umtiti.
‘He renewed him before the World Cup, he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue,’ Bartomeu instructed TVE..
‘Now he has to get well from his harm as we would like to have him in the perfect type attainable.
‘Having Umtiti and [Clement] Lenglet on the left [side of central defence] is a guarantee and I would like him to continue.’
Ousmane Dembele has additionally been beforehand linked with a transfer to Arsenal however Bartomeu now considers the 21-year-old higher than Neymar.
‘It’s not attainable for Neymar to come to Barcelona as we have now one other sporting challenge with Dembele and [Philippe] Coutinho,’ mentioned Bartomeu.
‘We’re proud of what we have now, as Dembele is best than Neymar and he is an effective skilled participant.
‘He is a young guy who arrived at a huge club and that’s not straightforward, however he has tailored and he’s a lot better than Neymar.’