Now it's official. Barcelona's second transfer is a done deal.
The Catalan giants announced on Tuesday they have completed the transfer of Olympique Lyonnais center-back Samuel Umtiti, who joins the Blaugrana on a five-year contract. Barça paid a €25 million transfer fee, and Umtiti's initial buyout clause is set at €60 million for the time being.
Umtiti will be formally presented on Friday in a press conference at Camp Nou, and his shirt number is yet to be unveiled. The 22-year-old will serve as a backup to Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano in the center of the defense, and could also play as a left-back if necessary. Umtiti's signing addresses a necessity the Catalans have had for quite some time: a young defender with plenty of potential to develop and become a future star.
After signing Denis Suárez and Umtiti, Barça are now looking for a backup to the 'MSN' trio. Atlético Madrid's Luciano Vietto is the dream target, and that deal could become a reality sooner rather than later. Quietly and smartly, the Blaugranes are putting together a good transfer window, and we could be looking at a deep, deep squad next season.