Samuel Umtiti Makes £21m Move To Barcelona


Barcelona have signed French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon on a five-year deal. The 22-year-old joins the Spanish champions in a £21m deal.

Announcing this in a statement on Tuesday,the club also stated a buy-out clause of 60 million euros, should he decide to leave the club before the five seasons elapses.

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had earlier stated last month that the two clubs had reached an agreement over the transfer while Umtiti was on international duty for France at Euro 2016.

Barcelona FC welcomes Samuel Umtiti

Umtiti will arrive in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon with a photo session planned outside the Club offices and on Friday, he will will undergo a medical before signing his contract officially.

He will then be unveiled on the pitch at the Nou Camp in the afternoon, ahead of another planned photo session before appearing for a press-conference.

The french defender  who have made 170 appearances for Lyon in five seasons at the Ligue 1 club, becomes Barca’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Denis Suarez from Villarreal.

Umtiti was named in France’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016 and featured in both the semi-final win over Germany and the defeat by Portugal in Sunday’s final in Paris.

The Cameroon-born centre-back made his France debut in the quarter-finals against Iceland and still retained his place in the team for the next two matches.

Meanwhile, former Barca player, Marc Bartra said he was “thrilled” to get the chance to join Borussia Dortmund after his Barcelona career went sour.

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Bartra, 25, had been at the Camp Nou since 2002 but opted to move to Dortmund this summer after he struggled to establish himself in the first team during Luis Enrique’s two-year reign.