Barcelona proposes to release Umtiti

news 27-Jun-2023 Sport

Barcelona proposes to release Umtiti

The Blaugrana club wants to terminate his contract and allow him to seek his future as a free agent. The offer has a deadline, and there is still no agreement.

Barcelona is working against the clock to lighten the squad, primarily by reducing wage bills to comply with the salary cap. Transfer deals and loan agreements are being negotiated, but the club has already decided that the best option for Samuel Umtiti is to release him from his contract until 2026. The proposal is already on the table, and the player could freely choose his destination with several interested clubs.

The Blaugrana club had hoped to negotiate a transfer, even at a reduced fee for Umtiti, but his salary remains a burden for clubs interested in signing him. It is impossible for French clubs to afford his wages if they have to pay a transfer fee, and the same problem is arising in Italy. For Barcelona, the only solution would be to release him, provided that the center-back waives the money he would receive from his contract.

The offer from Barcelona has a deadline, and it remains to be seen if Umtiti has any significant proposals that would allow him to recoup the money he would forego at Barcelona. It is a complicated situation, but the Blaugrana club is unwilling to spend more money and believes that the conditions for his departure could be met. All parties are clear that his future must be resolved before the start of the preseason because the Frenchman knows that he is not in Xavi's plans, and the situation would be difficult.

Olympique Lyon has shown interest in his return, but Umtiti would need to adjust his salary to sign, and there are several Italian teams interested, although no firm proposals have been made yet. The center-back has shown signs of having fully recovered from his injury, but the market now offers lower salaries in Europe, so everyone will have to make compromises. There have been contacts in Saudi Arabia, but it would not be a priority for the player.

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