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Barcelona centre-back must reduce his salary to leave, French clubs interested

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With the summer transfer window almost upon us, Barcelona are in desperate need of offloading some of their unwanted players and shedding their salaries from the wage bill in order to make room for the new signings.

The sale of Philippe Coutinho has already been completed, while the likes of Luuk de Jong and Adama Traore will soon be returning to their parent clubs. However, that will not be enough for the Catalans to create enough salary margin to sign the players that Xavi has requested.

More sales are very much on the cards and Samuel Umtiti is one such player who the Blaugrana will be keen to see the back of, after having failed to offload him on multiple occasions in the past, reports MARCA.

The French international has not been the same player he once was, post the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to injury problems and has gone tumbling down the pecking order of things at Camp Nou.

Barcelona tried to sell him last summer, but the Frenchman managed to convince Joan Laporta to give him another chance. That has amounted to little though as Umtiti played just one game in 2021/22 and once again struggled with injury and fitness issues.

Given the club’s precarious situation, all efforts will be made to place him at a different club this summer. The World Cup winner’s wages had always been an issue in the past for interested parties.

However, Barcelona handed him a downward renewal in January, which saw him drop his wages considerably. It should make things easier for suitors, although the report states that the Frenchman might need to make more sacrifices in order to secure a move away.

Clubs in his homeland of France have shown an interest, with his boyhood team Olympique Lyon, in particular, considering the possibility of re-signing him. Given his lowered salary and the scope of further reduction, Les Gones could swoop in for Umtiti this summer.

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