“Despite deal, Barca encounters the same problem again with the wearing down of world champions”

Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 11:17 PM• Tom Rofekamp • Last update: 23:22

Barcelona is negotiating with Stade Rennes about a rental period for Samuel Umtiti, writes marca† The defender, who has fallen out of favor in Catalonia, wants to join Rennes before July 11, according to the sports newspaper, when his current boss starts preparing for the new season. However, the clubs are still haggling over the same issue that arose in the winter transfer window when Umtiti wore out: his salary. The Frenchman agreed on a reduction of his annual fee in January, but even what was left turns out to be too much for Rennes.

Bruno Génésio, coach of the French, is eager to add Umtiti to his selection. He knows the 28-year-old stopper all too well from his period as trainer of Olympique Lyon. “You know his history, his qualities and also the setbacks he has had in the past year, but he is still a great class player. We are interested in high class players,” said Génésio after being asked about any interest in him. his former pupil.

Talks between Rennes (which finished fourth in Ligue 1 last year) and Barcelona have been going on for several weeks. However, not much progress has been made so far. Rennes is only willing to pay part of Umtiti’s salary and Barcelona, ​​who want full compensation, initially held their ground. However, the representatives of the Catalans are increasingly realizing that there is no more than a partial waiver of salary charges. Barcelona is only taking mouse steps in freeing up the salary house. The club agreed a special deal with Umtiti in January, in which his salary from his one-year ongoing contract was spread over three years. This allowed Ferran Torres to be registered at the time, among other things.

Umtiti has not been in Barcelona’s plans for a long time. After two excellent seasons, he became increasingly discredited with the club management, partly because of his injury sensitivity. Barcelona long pushed for a departure, but Umtiti refused each time given the high salary he would not receive anywhere else. It made last January’s deal with his employer all the more remarkable. Umtiti only played one game in the past season, in which he did complete the ninety minutes (against Osasuna, 2-2). The 31-time international can according to local radio station Cadena SER also opt for a switch within Catalonia: PhD student Girona would be fishing for his services.


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