Barcelona have now confirmed that Samuel Umtiti is indeed off to Italy for a season-long loan with Lecce.
The transfer has been rumored for a little while now but is now officially official.
Agreement with Unione Sportiva Lecce for loan of Umtiti until 30 June 2023— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2022
Here’s Barcelona’s official statement:
“FC Barcelona and Unione Sportiva Lecce of Italian Serie A have reached an agreement on the loan of defender Samuel Umtiti until 30 June 2023. There is no purchase option.”
It’s thought that Barca will pay Umtiti’s salary but could receive bonuses depending on the number of appearances he makes.
Umtiti is thought to be keen to head to Italy because he wants to learn about the league as he’s keen to move into coaching after he hangs up his boots.
The defender will become the latest player to leave as part of the summer squad overhaul at the Camp Nou but there could be more exits before the window closes.
Good luck at Lecce, Samuel Umtiti!