FC Barcelona confirmed the loan without a purchase option for the French central defender until June 30, 2023
Samuel Umtiti (28 years old) is already a new player for Lecce, a team recently promoted to Serie A. Barça confirmed this Thursday the transfer of the French central defender until the end of the season, in an operation in which there is no purchase option for the club Italian.
Acuerdo con la Unione Sportiva Lecce para la cesión de Umtiti hasta el 30 de junio de 2023— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 25, 2022
After announcing his loan, Umtiti will travel to Italy today to undergo a medical check-up and meet his new teammates. Days ago Lecce was negotiating with Barça the transfer of the French international, who will now be able to have minutes and will try to recover his level. Barça has not given details of the distribution of Umtiti ‘s salary, but the Italian media agree that the Barça club will assume the entirety of the center-back’s record and will charge a series of variables depending on the player’s performance at Lecce. Thus, Umtiti ‘s departure will not lower the salary mass of the squad nor would it help to achieve ‘fair play to sign up Koundé or make new signings.
Pantaleo Corvino, sports director of Lecce, acknowledged yesterday that the talks to incorporate Umtiti was on the right track and now he is ready for the Frenchman to set course for Serie A.