Barcelona have warned centre-back Samuel Umtiti that they will terminate his contract if he does not agree to a free transfer away from the club.
Umtiti has been heading for the exit door at Camp Nou for years now, with those in charge of the club tired of the injury struggles which have plagued his career for the past few seasons, but he has consistently rejected the chance to leave.
The idea of paying him for the remaining two years of his contract, which is worth over £200,000 per week, is completely out of the question for Barcelona, who informed Umtiti earlier in the summer that he can negotiate himself a free transfer away, but he is yet to do so.
According to Sport, Barcelona are getting really fed up about the whole thing.
Umtiti has already rejected an offer from Turkey but remains in contact with Nice, Monaco and Roma, but the 27-year-old is not really interested in any of those clubs and would only accept a move to a top Champions League side. As of yet, no such team has reached out (and they’re not going to).
To complicate things even further, Umtiti has only voiced a willingness to leave the club on loan, but Barcelona are having none of it. They want Umtiti gone by any means necessary.
Barcelona are in constant communication with Umtiti and are trying to convince him to take one of those offers, and to try and get their wish, they have even warned the centre-back that he could be ‘fired’ if it gets to that point.
However things turn out, this report confidently says that Umtiti will not be a Barcelona player when September arrives.
After sorting out Umtiti’s future, Barcelona hope to find a similar solution for midfielder Miralem Pjanic, although the fact he still has three years remaining on his expensive contract makes a termination almost impossible.
A loan move back to Italy is on the cards, with Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina all chasing the Bosnian, and Barcelona are ready to let him go for free as long as whichever side takes him agrees to pay the vast majority of his wages.