No Agreement Over New Deal
Manchester United transfer target Samuel Umtiti is edging closer towards the exit door at Barcelona.
Reports last month suggested that the France international was on track to sign a new deal once Barcelona’s new financial year began on 1 July. The club were in danger of breaching Financial Fair Play rules if the contract was enacted before that date.
The new deal would see a substantial increase in Umtiti’s release clause which currently stands at €60million (£53million). The clause was seen as adequate when Umtiti moved to Barcelona from Lyon in the summer of 2016. However, with Premier League clubs prepared to pay upwards of £50million for defenders it was decided that the clause included a fee now regarded as insufficient.
Barcelona normally begin talks over a new deal around two-and-a-half years away from the end of the present contract. But the issue over the clause has brought those negotiations forward.
However, the Catalan newspaper Sport claims that an agreement is far from near. With Jose Mourinho keen to bring Umtiti to Manchester United this summer the player has taken the opportunity to demand a substantial pay rise from Barcelona.
Sport claims that Umtiti is demanding to join the likes of Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta in the second rank of earners at the Nou Camp – behind Lionel Messi. Barcelona have refused his demand. But it adds Mourinho has offered Umtiti a deal worth €9million a year nett of taxes. That’s the equivalent of £280,000 gross and would put Umtiti close to Paul Pogba United’s pay rankings.
Barcelona have become frustrated with the actions of Umtiti’s agent, his brother Yannick Umtiti. The feeling is that the two parties are far away from any agreement and the La Liga side have already started looking for a replacement. Scouts from the Catalan club are looking at potential signings in the French league, for so long a fertile ground for Barcelona.