The exit operation is not going well at FC Barcelona. So far in the market they have released nine players, most of them free or on loan, and they have only managed to raise 31.5 million euros. Footballers who had a foot and a half outside the club at the beginning of the market are getting closer and closer to staying, as is the case of Samuel Umtiti.
As reported by the newspaper Sport, the Barça club is evaluating the possibility of staying with the French footballer due to the lack of offers that satisfy the club but above all the player who refuses to leave Barça and is determined to fulfill his contract even though he knows that Koeman does not count with the. In case of leaving, Umtiti only values going to a Champions team and they have not asked about him.
Arrived in this situation, Barcelona prefers to stay with Umtiti, who has a contract until 2023, rather than unilaterally terminate the contract as they did with Matheus Fernandes. And is that at the beginning of July Barça offered the French defender the freedom letter so that he could leave the club in search of the minutes that Koeman was not going to give him but he rejected it. “Thank you very much for the offer, but I fulfill my contract”, these were the words of Umtiti.
In any case, Barcelona does not give up and will continue negotiating with the player and his representatives to find a way out, but the player’s refusal complicates things. So in the absence of a week for the transfer market to close, but things change and an offer from a great club arrives, Barcelona will stay at least this season with a player who does not fit into the Dutch coach’s plans and who he has not been the same after the injury.