Barcelona it would seem had already resigned to the sale of Samuel Umtiti this summer.
The French World Cup Winner was bought for an expensive price and has failed to live up to his hype at the club. It is now being rumored that he will be let go off in the summer, should they get the correct bid.
He has very often been injured and whenever he has played he has not been up to the mark. Moreover, with the introduction of Lenglet at Nou Camp, Umtiti has lost his first-team spot completely.
Amidst this situation, rose another – Umtiti wanted to be sold. There was no dearth of suitors as Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United made their interest in him clear.
Arsenal are still being considered favorites as they have ramped up their efforts to sign the defender. However, the current situation has seen markets dip if not crash yet and Barcelona are now concerned that Umtiti’s valuation has gone down.
They were expecting to earn £50 million in his sale from any suitor but are now afraid that with the market down they will not get anywhere near £40 million either. Keeping the player is no option either as they need to move him to free up salary and prepare funds for other targets.