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Samuel Umtiti is all set to return to Barcelona next season if they want him

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While some of Barcelona’s loanees have struggled to make an impact during their time away from the club, Samuel Umtiti has managed to revive his career while on loan.

Samuel Umtiti joined Lecce on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona last summer. He has been having a successful spell in Serie A. He has been a regular in the Lecce defense this season and has been putting in impressive performances. Thus, catching the attention of clubs like Inter Milan who are considering a move for him.

SPORT has reported that Samuel Umtiti is willing to return to Barcelona if the club wants him back. Despite having a successful loan spell at Lecce. The player knows that Barcelona is looking for a new defender in the summer. But Barcelona are sure to face economic difficulties for any future signing. Hence, if the club are desperate for someone, he is willing to step in become an option for coach Xavi Hernandez.

Barcelona’s top priority for a left-footed centre-back is Inigo Martinez. The club is reportedly in advanced talks with the veteran defender. However, the deal has not been confirmed yet due to Barcelona’s current struggles with complying with strict Financial Fair Play regulations in La Liga.

Barcelona plans in offloading Umtiti and Lenglet?

According to reports, Barcelona is planning to sell Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet in the upcoming summer transfer window. This is to make room for Inigo Martinez, their top priority left-footed center-back. Umtiti is aware of the club’s plan, and he would only consider returning to Barcelona if the club specifically asked for it.

If a return to Barcelona is not on the cards, Samuel Umtiti is reportedly open to exploring other options. However, it is unlikely that he will extend his stay at Lecce. As the Italian club may struggle to afford his wages without financial assistance from Barcelona.

Indeed, the upcoming weeks will be crucial for Samuel Umtiti’s future. If Barcelona are unable to sell him in the summer, they might consider bringing him back to the club as a backup option for the central defense. However, if they do sign Inigo Martinez or another left-footed center-back, then Umtiti’s chances of a return might be reduced. Ultimately, it remains to be seen what Umtiti’s next move will be. But his good performances at Lecce this season may have boosted his chances of finding a new club in the summer transfer window.

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