Pushed out by FC Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti is looking for a new base this summer. The French defender would make a return to Lyon his priority.
Umtiti is heading for a start from Bara this summer
Like Alexandre Lacazette, will Samuel Umtiti (28) return to Olympique Lyonnais this summer, six years after leaving for FC Barcelona? Already mentioned in recent years, the idea of a return of the central defender to his training club was relaunched on Tuesday by the Catalan daily Sport.
According to the local media, the French international has understood that his future is no longer in Barcelona and is ready to pack his bags. With the priority, a return to OL. The Lyon leaders would not be opposed to the idea of recovering him and would study the operation with however some doubts about the physical condition of a player who has played only 90 minutes this season and has not been spared by injuries since 2018.
Nice is also interested
Besides Lyon, Nice would be interested in the Barcelonan, but only if he agrees with his club to terminate his contract which runs until June 2026. For its part, OL would be ready to complete a transfer, which would would allow us to be in a priority position to negotiate with Barcelona. The Blaugrana leaders should not be too greedy for a player now worth only 2 million euros by Transfermarkt.
Transfer or Termination? The Bara does not close the door on any hypothesis. The Catalan club wants to part with the world champion, and quickly. On the one hand, the Blaugrana management needs to reduce its payroll to advance on its transfer window. On the other hand, the Barcelona coach Xavi asked that the workforce be reduced before July 4, the date of the resumption of training, for not having to work with players who will no longer be there afterwards. It remains to be seen if Lyon will have made a decision by then.
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