According to rumours, Barcelona may decide to terminate Samuel Umtiti’s contract after failing to reach an agreement on a pay cut from his £208,000-per-year salary.
After struggling with fitness and form in recent months, the club attempted to sell the French defender but were unable to complete a deal in the summer. Barca are still in financial trouble and are eager to get rid of their high-earning deadwood.
And, according to Spanish source Sport, Barcelona has reached a stage where they could just terminate Umtiti’s contract at the Nou Camp after negotiations to reduce his pay failed.
After failing to play a minute of action this season, club officials are’studying their options’ since they’suffer the repercussions of a very high pay and zero performance’ on the pitch, according to the source.
He was frozen out by former coach Ronald Koeman, and new coach Xavi Hernandez does not like him, according to the report, with an exit and contract termination being considered as the best option for all sides.
After joining Barcelona for about £20 million from Lyon in 2016, the 28-year-old was once a highly-rated centre-back. For his first two seasons, he was a first-team member of the squad, appearing 83 times in all.
However, he began to suffer from a slew of injuries, and his playing time began to dwindle. Last season, he only started six times in LaLiga, compared to ten the year before.
Since 2018, Umtiti has been plagued by knee issues. He was offered surgery on the ailment that same year, but he declined in order to play in the World Cup in Russia, which he won with France.
Last season, the problem kept him out for five months, and he tested positive for Covid-19 during his recovery, which hampered his improvement even more.