Barcelona will reportedly convince Samuel Umtiti to leave Barcelona should they receive the right proposal according to a Spanish reporter.
Speaking recently, Samuel Umtiti insisted he’s going nowhere this summer and that he plans to remain with FC Barcelona next season.
Barcelona, however, seem to have other ideas.
Ruben Uria [reliable]: Umtiti’s fate has been decided. #FCB want to sell him & would be open to a loan plus an option to buy formula. Although player wants to stay, club will listen to offers and will convince him to leave should the right proposal arrive.https://t.co/ZUv7tAukWg
— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) June 13, 2019
Umtiti was linked with a move to Arsenal last month, before the Europa League final, when such a transfer wasn’t such a ridiculous possibility.
The Gunners’ summer budget could have risen significantly with a win in Baku and Unai Emery could’ve offered regular top-level football to a centre-back who is increasingly on the fringes with his current club.
Plus, the 25-year-old is close friends with Alexandre Lacazette, who could’ve put in a good word.
At this stage, however, Arsenal don’t have €40m to spend on just one player, which is reportedly what Barcelona are asking for. They also don’t really have the draw to convince Umtiti, even if they could afford him.
Umtiti spoke to RTL France last week to put the final nail in the coffin for a potential summer transfer.
“I have a contract, I feel happy in Barcelona,” Umtiti said (via Metro). “I had a complicated season, but I will still be at Barcelona next season.”
That’s that then. This deal died on May 29th, but it’s nice to get confirmation so we can put the rumours to bed, no matter what some reporters say.
At least until next week when everybody has forgotten these quotes and a new outlet digs the story up again.