Barcelona are reportedly willing to take “drastic action” with defender Samuel Umtiti and have a couple of ideas of how to offload the unwanted Frenchman.
The center-back has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Catalan giants who are determined to remove the Frenchman and his salary from the wage bill.
There been reports recently that Umtiti had finally acknowledged it might be time to look for a new team, but the latest update from Diario Sport suggests that’s not the case.
The Catalan daily report Umtiti wants to stay, doesn’t mind being on the bench and is convinced he can convince Ronald Koeman of his qualities.
Yet Barca aren’t having any of it and are determined to let Umtiti go. The plan is for more negotiations as they don’t want the center-back around by the time pre-season starts.
The first option is to cut his salary and seek a loan. Umtiti isn’t too keen on the idea and there’s talk of Lyon being interested. Marseille have been rumored but are said to be worried about Umtiti’s knee.
The Catalans think a move to France or Italy would work and “are going to try and force him out quickly.” There’s no mention of exactly how they plan to do that but Matheus Fernandes is cited as an example that Barca mean business this summer.
The club confirmed on Tuesday that Fernandes’s contract had been terminated and he’d been told he’s no longer wanted at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian only arrived last year on a five-year deal from Palmeiras.