- Samuel Umtiti’s progress at Barcelona has been affected by recurring injuries
- The player still has two years left on his current contract with the Spanish giants
- He could be axed by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman as the manager has reported casted the Cameroonian aside
Samuel Umtiti could be the next player to have his contract terminated at Barcelona with latest reports saying the Catalans are ready to let the player go for free, SunSport reports
Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are ready to swoop on the centre-back who has another two years left on his deal with the Spanish club.
The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou with Clement Lenglet the preferred for the position.
Umititi managed to feature in just 13 La Liga games last season when his side gave up the title to arch rivals Real Madrid.
Lingering injury problems have also halted his progress at Camp Nou, and his situation was compounded when he tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus late last season.
El Mundo are now reporting that new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has casted the player aside as the boss earlier offloaded Ivan Rakitic and told Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal they are not in his future plans.
And Umtiti could also be shown the exit door with a number of Premier League clubs interested including Arsenal and Man Utd.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has been told to train alone by Koeman just days after Lionel Messi made an incredible transfer u-turn and decided to stay at the club.
It was gathered that the tactician just ordered the Uruguayan to train alone with the club’s physio ahead of his rumoured switch to Juventus.
Suarez was earlier notified by Koeman that he is no longer needed at the Spanish club, amid interests from several European clubs jostling for his services.
And he could be playing in Italy next season with reports that Juventus are planning a clever move to seal a deal with Spanish club Barcelona for the 33-year-old.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has returned to join his team-mates in Barcelona as he resumes training with the squad on Monday, September 7 after a dramatic two weeks at the club.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the world when he handed the Catalans his transfer request, with further reports that he already agreed personal terms with Premier League outfit Manchester City.
However, the Argentine was seen driving into the club’s training ground on Monday for the first time after the whole debacle - and will be training under new boss Ronald Koeman.
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