Barcelona will face a necessary renovation during next season and, for that reason, some important men will have to leave.
According to ‘Sport’, the first big player to leave the club will be the French CB Samuel Umtiti. The Frenchman has shone at Barca since his arrival from Lyon and settled alongside Piqué in the centre of defence very quickly.
His good performances and his quickness made his signing be considered as a bargain while leading analysts spoke of him as one of the best defenders in Europe at that time and ahead of the future.
However, Umtiti started getting injuries and his performance has plummeted. He hasn’t been the same again and when he has played, either because of his physical problems or lack of confidence, he has been light years away from that defender envied by all of Europe.
The reality ahead of next season is evident: he isn’t in Barcelona’s plans and they want to sell him and the player knows it. According to ‘Sport’, Italy is the country that has shown the most interest in the player and in which Umtiti, now without the physique of a few years ago, can perform best in.
According to this source, the team will give more importance to Lenglet, Araujo will be promoted to the first team and will they will go all out to get Eric García. Barca think that he will be the ideal replacement for Piqué when the defender decides to step aside.
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