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Barcelona rumors: Umtiti, Upamenco, Griezmann and Abel Ruiz

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Umtiti wants his wages tripled

Today’s rumors start with Sport who bring us bad news with regards Samuel Umtiti and his shiny new Barcelona contract.

Apparently the defender has rejected an offer from Barcelona because he wants his wages tripled, as he is earning “less than half what the majority of his team-mates do.”

Thing is Barcelona have a real problem with that due to their current wage bill, although they do sign off by saying the club will make a “huge effort” to keep him at the club.

Upamenco, Lenglet, Kherer & Diop are alternatives

Fortunately Sport have also come up with a whole host of alternatives if Umtiti does decide his future lies elsewhere.

They reckon that Dayot Upamecano, Schalke’s Thilo Kehrer and Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet are all options.

But wait there’s one more because Sport also claim that Barcelona have been in touch with Toulouse defender Issa Diop to see if he fancies a move if Umtiti does one.

Atletico want to increase Griezmann’s release clause

Over at Mundo Deportivo the talk is of Antoine Griezmann and his infamous release clause which is believed to drop to €100m this summer.

Atletico know that Barcelona are not the only interested party and that Manchester United and PSG also want the Frenchman.

Atleti will therefore try to get him to see out his contract, but are also interested in getting him to renew with an improved release clause of either €200m or even €300m.

Griezmann has helped the club out in the past, when he stayed during their transfer embargo, and there’s a feeling he might be willing to help them out again.

Abel Ruiz set to sign Barcelona renewal

And finally today we end with some rather good news as RAC1 are reporting that Abel Ruiz is set to sign a contract extension with Barcelona.

The club have reached an agreement with the 18-year-old and are set to make it official. There could even be an announcement as early as next week.

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