Samuel Umtiti

This summer it seems like Samuel Umtiti will leave Barcelona. We’re yet to find out the exact formula, but it seems most likely that it will be a loan deal with an option to buy. He has a contract until 2026 at Barcelona, a deal he took this year to help get Ferran Torres registered.

One of the clubs who are most interested are Rennes, who are negotiating for the Fench centre-back. The coach Bruno Genesio has admitted he’s interested in the Barcelona man.

“He’s a player we know perfectly well,” explained Genesio. “I had him during his formative years and then in Lyon’s first team and that creates a link. You all know his story, his qualities, the setbacks he’s had last year, but he’s still a player with a very high level, and we are interested in players who have a high level.”

Umtiti has permission not to attend the club’s first pre-season training sessions while he negotiates his future.

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