BARCELONA’s patience with Samuel Umiti is reportedly wearing thin with the club rumoured to be ready to drop the axe on the France ace’s contract.
Reports in Spain claim the Nou Camp giants are prepared to sack the centre-back should he continue to reject proposals to end his Barca spell.
Spanish news outlet Sport claims the club have been unimpressed with the defender’s attitude in regard to a possible departure.
The Les Bleus player has been linked with Benfica or a move back to Ligue One where he began his senior career with Lyon in 2016.
It is claimed Barca boss Ronald Koeman has been using his side’s pre-season fixtures to work out whether he needs to retain the former Lyon star, 27, in his squad.
And it is thought the club’s decision to want to move the player on remains unchanged following Umtiti’s substitute appearances in friendlies against Red B Salzburg and Juventus.
It is reported the club, who have struggled with financial woes during the Covid-19 pandemic, are also eager to get Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic off their wage bill.
Reports around Europe suggest the club will not be able to sign any new players unless they sell some players or persuade some of their higher earners to take a pay cut.
In March SunSport reported the club had the highest wage bill in world football with at least three players at the time earning £345,000 or more a week.
And Umtiti, who made 13 LaLiga appearances last season following a knee injury battle, is among the club’s top ten highest earners.
Reports in Spain claim the club could be prepared to axe Umtiti within days should he decline to accept any existing transfer offers he has on the table.
Barcelona, who lost superstar skipper Lionel Messi to PSG on a free transfer, are rumoured to be interested in Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
And it is thought the Nou Camp side would be willing to offer ex-Liverpool playmaker Coutinho in exchange for the Gunners forward.
The club have managed to register summer signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia ahead of their season-opening 4-2 defeat of Real Sociedad.
And the Catalan giants revealed this was made possible by Gerard Pique agreeing to a pay cut.
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