After a season marked by injuries, Barça defender Samuel Umtiti is struggling to find a taker in the transfer market.
Severely affected by the crisis, FC Barcelona management has decided to part ways with several players in order to significantly lower the Catalan team’s payroll. Among the players pushed towards the exit, Samuel Umtiti has still not received an official offer from any of his suitors according to information from Mundo Deportivo . A situation that worries a lot the management of Barça who hoped to be able to separate from the services of the French world champion this summer.
Record transfer in sight to OL
Barça don’t want a loan
Despite making just 13 La Liga appearances last season, Samuel Umtiti continues to attract contenders. The latter would still be numerous according to the Spanish media. We mention Lazio and Naples in Italy, Leicester, West Ham and Arsenal in England as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France. Rudi Garcia, the coach of Gones, said publicly on Thursday that he wants to repatriate Samuel Umtiti .
However, neither club are reportedly intending to offer a permanent transfer of the 26-year-old center-back. The contenders are considering a loan from the French international with the support of part of the player’s salary, which is estimated at 7 million euros per year, by FC Barcelona. This kind of proposal will, most likely, be refused by the Blaugrana. Samuel Umtiti does not fit into the plans of the new Catalan coach, Ronald Koeman, and a permanent departure would be the only possible option for the Spaniards.