Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club have agreed a fee of €25 millio...
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club have agreed a fee of €25 million (£20.69 million) with Olympique Lyonnais for Samuel Umtiti.
As football journalist Sam Marsden reported, Bartomeu added they’ve yet to agree terms with the player:
Bartomeu: We have reached an agreement with Lyon for €25m for Umtiti, but still need to finalise things with the player.— Sam Marsden (@samuelmarsden) June 30, 2016
Umtiti is part of the France squad seeking to win the UEFA European Championship, and the 22-year-old centre-back has impressed since coming through the youth academy at Lyon.
The centre of the defence is an area of the squad Barcelona have needed to bolster for a while. Following the departure of Marc Bartra to Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, the youngest centre-back option on their books is the 29-year-old Gerard Pique.
Javier Mascherano remains his primary partner, and the duo continue to excel as an axis. But there are questions about the merits of deputies Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen. A more dynamic, youthful presence at the back was needed, and Umtiti is a player who seems to fit the bill: