Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is set to move out of the club to meet the disappointing slash of a crippling wage bill.
This release could be sending him out on loan for a year or permanently from his contract altogether. However, the centre-back has had an eventful career.
The 27-year-old won the World Cup with France as a starter in 2018, although he has struggled with recurring knee injuries and has played only 40 games in three seasons.
With his injury being of huge concern, it’ll be nothing short of a gamble for clubs to take in the Barcelona player. However, Umtiti could still be a valuable addition to any defensive unit for a club.
Here we take you through three clubs that can sign the Barcelona defender.
Samuel Umtiti: 3 possible destinations
If the centre-back prefers to stay back in Spain and continue his football career, Valencia is the best option. The Spanish side could rope in Umtiti and bolster their defensive unit as they conceded too many goals last season. They finished ninth and 13th in La Liga in the last two years.
They lack a lot of quality centre backs on their side, and Umtiti could be of big help to the Spanish club. They’ve struggled as a unit together, and the experience of Umtiti can end up in their favour.
Rafa Benitez’s tenure at Everton will require him to take good care of the defence unit. Improvising the defence will be the major key for the club.
Benitez is known for his utilisation of a 3-4-3 formation at Newcastle. This could serve extremely well for Umtiti and other centre-backs at Everton.
Umtiti’s addition to Everton will serve them well in major league matches. His stint with Barcelona has earned him brownie points for these occasions to showcase his skills as a brilliant centre back.
Spurs have already been on the lookout for two centre-backs this summer. They have already been in talks over several potential deals that include Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jannik Vestergaard while new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has also asked for Wolves captain Conor Coady.
However, Umtiti being a two-time La Liga champion would bring a different kind of experience and weightage to North London.
Spurs have lost a few crucial games by conceding cheeky goals and giving away possession. With the likes of Umtiti and his experience that guides others will do justice to his place in the squad.
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