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Report: Marseille chasing injury-prone Barcelona defender

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Barcelona host a plethora of disposable assets under their belt right now, in each position, which have to be offloaded as soon as possible to raise money from player sales. The problem, however, is that under the presidency of Josep Bartomeu, these players were given contracts on a diamond sheet, making them next to impossible to sell.

Samuel Umtiti has been on this list for a while now, and according to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Olympique de Marseille are hot on the trails of the defender. A return to France is on the cards, and the good relation between Barcelona and the Ligue 1 team could act as a catalyst for the transfer.

That said, the future of the Frenchman lies in his own hands. With heavy wages on his contract, there are only a few clubs that can afford him. Moreover, buying Umtiti comes with a huge risk in regards to his fitness issues, that have persisted since the 2018 World Cup.

His starting spot has been long gone after the arrival of Clement Lenglet, and last season despite Lenglet’s underwhelming performances, Umtiti took part in 16 games across four competitions, starting only eight.

Consequently, Umtiti has been informed by the club that he is not in their plans for next season. Which, unfortunately, has not motivated him to leave. Given the large compensation the Blaugranas will have to pay to offload him, the World Cup winner’s future lies completely in his hands.

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