Barcelona transfer deal put on standby

Samuel Umtiti
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French Ligue One side Rennes have been linked with a move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

However, Stade Rennais sporting director Florian Maurice revealed on Monday that the club’s move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is now “on stand-by.”

Speaking during Steve Mandanda’s presentation as a Rennes player, which was transcribed by L’Équipe, Maurice denied disagreement with manager Bruno Genesio.

“There is no disagreement (over the Umtiti transfer). We can not be in agreement over certain deals, but my exchanges with Bruno have always been the same and we have known each other for some time now so we can exchange calmly,” said Maurice.

He added, “This deal is on stand-by. We’re making progress on other solutions for the time being.”

Rennes were very much interested in signing Umtiti, who has been injury-plagued centre-back in recent years.

Rennes were keen on signing him on loan, but Genesio last week revealed that there were doubts within the club about the player’s physical state.

The Frenchman was involved in his first two seasons at the club, but his involvement has dropped massively over the past four seasons.

Injuries and poor performances have seen him drop out of favour at Barcelona.

The La Liga giants were pushing to offload him last summer but he managed to convince president Joan Laporta to give him another opportunity.

However, the 2021/22 campaign was even worse as he spent most time out injured and played just one official game all season.

Barcelona are intent on reducing their wage bill this summer, and would love to strike off the wages of Umtiti.