Mercato Mercato – Lyon: Umtiti has no place in the project

Always undesirable at FC Barcelona, ​​Samuel Umtiti would see himself returning to Olympique Lyonnais. Especially since his training club has launched a project with his former players. But unlike Alexandre Lacazette or Corentin Tolisso, the central defender is not part of the Rhone plans.

Samuel Umtiti should not return to OL this summer.

On the transfer market, Olympique Lyonnais should move up a gear. The arrival of the new majority shareholder, John Textor, will increase the club’s financial capacities and enable progress on certain tracks.

The proof, the recent 8th in Ligue 1 would have found an agreement with Feyenoord Rotterdam to transfer the left side Tyrell Malacia for around 15 million euros.

The OL closes the gate Umtiti

It will also be an opportunity for Lyon to pursue its project based on local DNA. After club-trained goalkeeper Rmy Riou and striker Alexandre Lacazette, released by Arsenal, management is trying to convince midfielder Corentin Tolisso, who was not retained by Bayern Munich after the end of his contract.

On the other hand, the door did not open for Samuel Umtiti. Again pushed towards the exit, the central defender agrees to leave FC Barcelona and seeks a team that will give him his confidence. The undesirable of Bara saw himself returning to his training club which has often coveted him in recent years. But this summer, the newspaper L’Equipe says that OL are not really interested.

The French rather towards Italy?

The club relies mainly on the young Castello Lukeba as left central defender. And obviously think that a competitor of this caliber could slow down its evolution. However, the Umtiti track is not financially risky. While Bara is considering a breach of his contract, the world champion would rather be available on loan. It remains to be seen if Lyon has no doubts about his level and his physical condition.

Admittedly, Umtiti seems free from his injuries. But his recent season with only one game played is not reassuring. Other clubs are however ready to take the gamble. Little excited by the interest of the promoted Spanish Grone, the 28-year-old Blaugrana is not against the idea of ​​discovering Serie A where several teams, qualified for a European Cup or not, would be on the spot. It is therefore on the other side of the Alps that the former Lyonnais could begin to climb the slope.

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