Barcelona to let Umtiti leave for free this month
Samuel Umtiti will leave Barcelona by the end of this month, with all parties currently in discussions over the termination of his contract.
According to Sport, Barcelona are currently in discussions with the French defender in order to finalise the details of his departure from the club.
Barcelona are hopeful that Umtiti will accept the terms, even putting forward various offers for him, one being to let him go on a free transfer in order to get him off the wage bill once and for all.
Umtiti is currently only willing to leave the club on loan, and as a result the club is losing patience with him, and while he may end up playing in France or Italy, with the likes of OGC Nice, AS Monaco and AS Roma all interested, he is reluctant to join a club that is not in the UEFA Champions League.
As of yet, no Champions League club has expressed an interest in going in for Umtiti.
While Barcelona's sporting directors have already urged him to sign for one of the previously mentioned club, they have not dismissed the possibility of terminating his contract instead.
Umtiti has already rejected a move to a Turkish club, despite the offer containing a very tempting economic package.
With just a few days left in the current transfer window, Barcelona will release some form of news regarding Umtiti's future by the end of the month in order to ease some pressure off of their finances, with them being in a financial crisis.
The plan at Barcelona is so that Umtiti will no longer be a Barcelona player by the end of the month, with his current deal expiring in June 2023.
The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent years, and last season he made just 16 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, with the last time he went over 20 appearances in all competitions being back in the 17/18 season.
Umtiti arrived at the Camp Nou from Lyon in 2016 for a fee of around €25 million.