Barça Mercato: Long pushed towards the exit, Samuel Umtiti will leave the FC Barcelona this summer and would be leaving for his future club.
Barça Mercato: Umtiti and FC Barcelona agree on a departure
Dismissed from the plans of his coach Xavi at FC Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti should rebound shortly at a new club. Absent from the Joan Gamper Trophy during which the Barça team is usually presented to supporters, the tricolor central defender knows that his future is written far from Catalonia despite a recent extension and a contract running until 2026. Good news for the two parties, an agreement would have been reached on Tuesday for the final departure of the former Lyonnais.
According to radio information cope, FC Barcelona and Umtiti have finally settled the final details on the transfer of the 28-year-old player. An operation that should be made official by Friday and the start of La Liga, according to the source. If his destination remains unknown for the time being, journalist Victor Navarro specifies that Barça would already be in conversation with the Frenchman’s next club, particularly in terms of the payment of the player’s salary.
Very close to joining Stade Rennais at the start of the transfer window, Samuel Umtiti was finally rejected due to doubts about his physical condition. Regularly hampered by injuries since his arrival at the Blaugranas in 2016 and lacking rhythm for more than a year, Big Sam sees this summer the list of his suitors being reduced.
Barça Mercato: Olympiakos, the hottest track for Umtiti
While some clubs in France such as OGC Nice or SRFC had come forward to enlist the 2018 world champion, the latter would seem to be heading for a more exotic destination. According to the daily Sportthe player trained at OL had come into contact with Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS last week, before the deal finally fell through. From now on, the club best positioned to enlist Umtiti would be Olympiacos, which would work on the player’s loan with a mandatory purchase option at stake. According to the Catalan daily, Umtiti would be very close to joining the Greek team although other clubs are still on the lookout for the file.