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Barcelona ready to let out-of-favour defender leave on free transfer

Ronald Koeman's side continue to struggle in their bid to offload unwanted centre-back Samuel Umtiti this summer.

The France International is clearly no longer in manager Ronald Koeman's plans, and the club is eager to get him off the books in order to reduce their wage bill. However, all previous efforts have been in vain. Umtiti refused talks of a consensual contract termination, and he is also not considering the proposals currently on the table, prompting Barça to contemplate unilaterally ending his contract.

The Blaugrana, on the other hand, are still seeking for ways to prevent such a scenario. And, according to the newest SPORT report, the Catalan giants are even ready to forgo any transfer costs and let him depart for free in order to remove him off the salary bill.

According to reports, Umtiti's next destination may be France or Italy, with OGC Nice, AS Monaco, and AS Roma all showing interest. The 2018 FIFA World Cup champion, on the other hand, is only prepared to leave Camp Nou on a loan basis. Furthermore, he wishes to join a team that can provide Champions League football, further complicating matters.

According to the report, Umtiti has previously rejected an offer from an unidentified Turkish team despite being offered a lucrative financial package. Barcelona, on the other hand, remains determined to see him through the exit doors before the transfer window shuts and has pushed him to accept one of the current offers.

However, patience is running thin, and if the defender does not respond, Barcelona, as previously stated, would contemplate terminating his contract, even if it exposes them to legal action.

With less than a week left in the transfer window, it will be fascinating to see where Umtiti ends up.

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