- The Serie A team is interested in the French central defender (28 years old), who does not count for Xavi at Barça
After his departure to Rennes in July was frustrated, Samuel Umtiti could end up in the Italian Serie A. Lecce is the team that has been interested in Barça‘s French central defender, 28 years old and with a contract until 2026, according to Sky Sports Italia. In principle, there is talk of a transfer for this season, with which the Barça club would not earn anything for his departure but would save a large part of his salary while waiting for Lecce to assume it in its entirety, something difficult.
With Marco Baroni as a coach, the team from the Apulia region rose directly to the highest category of ‘calcium’ after going down to Serie B in 2019-20. The ‘scudetto’ champion with Maradona‘s Napoli in 1990 is still on the bench for the ‘giallorosso’ team, which started the 2022-21 Serie A last weekend losing (1-2) to Inter Milan.
Umtiti no longer traveled with Barça to the pre-season tour of the United States and since the end of last season, Xavi Hernández was very clear with him about looking for a team.