Barcelona have warned midfielder 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 front door at Camp Nou for several years now, with club officials tired of the injury-plagued battle that has plagued his career in recent seasons, but he has consistently rejected the chance to leave.
Umtiti has never been interested in leaving / Quality Sports Images / Getty Images
The idea of paying him for the remaining two years of his contract, which is worth over £ 200,000 a week, is completely out of the question for Barcelona, who informed Umtiti earlier this summer that he could negotiate a free transfer away, but he have not yet done so.
According to Sport, Barcelona is starting to get really tired of it all.
Umtiti has already rejected an offer from Turkey but is still 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 transfer to a top Champions League team. So far, no such team has reached out (and they will not).
To complicate matters further, Umtiti has only expressed a willingness to leave the club on loan, but Barcelona have none of that. They want Umtiti to disappear in every way necessary.
Barcelona is in constant communication with Umtiti and is trying to convince him to take one of these offers.
However, this report says with certainty that Umtiti will not be a Barcelona player when September comes.
Barcelona are ready to terminate Umtiti’s contract / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
After finding out about Umtiti’s future, Barcelona hope to find a similar solution for midfielder Miralem Pjanic, although the fact that he still has three years left on his expensive contract makes a dismissal almost impossible.
A loan back to Italy is on the cards, with Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina chasing all the Bosnians and Barcelona are ready to let him go for free as long as which side takes him to pay the vast majority of his salaries.