Ligue 1 side Lyon plan to sign Barcelona defender this summer – Reports 


French giants Lyon are “engaged on a plan” to signal Barcelona’s World Cup-winning defender Samuel Umtiti, in line with Spanish outlet Sport (by way of Barca Blaugranes).

Barcelona signed Samuel Umtiti from Lyon again in 2016 for €25 million. The Catalan giants provided Umtiti a brand new deal in 2018 after France’s profitable World Cup marketing campaign in Russia. Regardless of his present Barcelona contract operating till 2023, Blaugrana are ready to dump their French defender resulting from fixed accidents and poor kind.

In line with the aforementioned supply, Lyon are extremely concerned with bringing Samuel Umtiti again from Barcelona. The Ligue 1 facet are assured the centre-back can rediscover the shape that made him a fixture within the French nationwide workforce.

Nevertheless, Umtiti’s astronomical wages are a difficulty for Lyon. The Ligue 1 facet are contemplating a mortgage provide that may solely cowl 50% of the 27-year-old defender’s wages. Given their monetary struggles, it’s extremely unlikely that Barcelona would settle for such a proposal.

Samuel Umtiti has all the time spoken extremely of Lyon. In an interview with French outlet Canal in October 2020, Umiti revealed that there had been discussions together with his former facet however the transfer by no means materialized. Umititi mentioned:

“Lyon is my workforce. It’s my metropolis. It’s the workforce that has given me the chance to play in Europe, in Barcelona and with the French nationwide workforce. There have been discussions with them throughout the market, however there was by no means something concrete with the membership.”

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Barcelona desperately want to dump a few of their fringe gamers

Barcelona urgently must promote a few of their fringe gamers this summer season to lift funds. The Catalan giants are in a dire monetary scenario as a result of ongoing world pandemic. With money owed and loans to repay, Barcelona might be compelled to promote a few of their high-earners within the ongoing switch window.

Gamers who’re on the cusp of an exit from the Nou Camp embody Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho, Neto and Samuel Umtiti. The 4 gamers will not be in Ronald Koeman’s plans for subsequent season and shall be offered to assist Barcelona fund Lionel Messi’s new long-term deal.

Regardless of Barcelona’s willingness to promote Samuel Umtiti, no different membership other than Lyon have proven curiosity within the 27-year-old Frenchman.

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