Samuel Umtiti: Barcelona Set to Offload French Defender

By Steven Moore -

According to Catalan daily sports newspaper Sport, FC Barcelona have decided to put France international central defender Samuel Umtiti up for sale. As reported by the same news outlet, Lazio – in addition to Napoli, Roma, Torino, Juventus, and Inter – have inquired about the 26-year-old, whose contract with the Blaugrana does not expire until the summer of 2023.

FC Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti, Source- Diario AS
FC Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, Source- Diario AS

Umtiti spent the majority of his youth career in his country of birth with Olympique Lyonuntil he was purchased by Barcelona in the summer of 2016 (for €25 million). While he was a bright talent that lived up to expectations, he had one flaw that continues to plague him to this day: injury accumulation.

Since joining the Blaugrana, the central defender has missed 62 matches; 8 matches in 2016/17, 12 matches in 2017/18, 28 matches in 2018/19, and 14 matches in 2019/20 (and counting). As a result, the club is said to be willing to allow him to leave this summer, whether it be on loan (to acquire more continuity) or a permanent sale.

As Lazio has now secured a UEFA Champions League spot for next season, the need for signing experienced reinforcements will start to more of a necessity. While the Biancocelesti would like to sign the defender on loan with an option-to-buy (for €20-25 million), the problem is related to Umtiti’s current salary, as he makes over €4 million per season.

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