Samuel Umtiti is said to be ready to leave Barcelona on loan in the January transfer window and could join Newcastle United temporarily.
According to a report by the Catalan company El Nacional, Samuel Umtiti may finally be ready to leave Barcelona, albeit on loan in the ongoing transfer window. The French defender is a target for Newcastle United with Blaugrana Eager to send it this month.
Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon in July 2016 in what was considered a great signing by Barcelona. Blaugrana. The France international seemed to prove it in his first two seasons at the Camp Nou. He has been establishing himself as a mainstay at the back for club and country while widely regarded as one of the most consistent defenders in Europe before a series of injuries completely hampered his progress.
The 28-year-old has gone from being a pivotal figure for Barcelona into a junior player in the past few years. Umtiti is at an all-time low this season, pocketing just 90 minutes of game time in one appearance. But in a surprising move, Barcelona chose to give him a long-term deal that expires in 2026.
With just a closer look, it becomes clear that the terms of the contract state that Umtiti will receive essentially the same pay he was supposed to have been on his original deal. But instead of paying it until 2023, the salary will be spread over the term of his new agreement. Barcelona will still favor his loan this month, with Newcastle United as a possible destination.
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The Magpies were recently offered the opportunity to sign the unfavorable Barcelona defender, and they intended to sign him before the January transfer window closed. Signing a centre-back in the current transfer window is essential for Newcastle United if they want to avoid the threat of relegation in May.
Tyneside FC are currently in the relegation zone, having conceded the second most goals to date in the Premier League. According to widespread reports, Newcastle’s priority is to sign two central defenders this month, with Felix Odokai emerging as another target for them.
But with Umtiti set to leave Barcelona on loan, the French defender could be one of Newcastle’s signings in January. The 28-year-old’s arrival on a temporary deal also makes him a no-risk acquisition for Newcastle, who could make a call when signed permanently depending on what happens in the second half of the season.