Barcelona are considering terminating Samuel Umtiti contract after struggles for fitness and form.
The French defender came under intense criticism during the Lionel Messi’s saga after refusing to leave while Barcelona were attempting to raise money.
Barcelona decide to scrap Samuel Umtiti’s contract after failing to agree a paycut on his £208,000 weekly salary, according to reports.
The centre back has said himself that he wants to stay and fight for a place having returned to fitness on the back of a number of injury issues.
The French man didn’t get the chance under former coach Koeman, who kept him out of the starting XI, Xavi Hernandez does not rate him either.
The 28 year old was once a highly-rated centre-back after arriving at Barca from Lyon for around £20million in 2016.
He was a first choice member of the squad for his first two seasons – playing 83 times across both campaigns.
An exit and contract termination now seen as the best option for all parties after Barca struggled to reach an agreement with Umtiti over lowering his lucrative contract, and they may now be set to take a different path.
It means the Blaugrana would be paying significant compensation to end the contract before its expiry in the summer of 2023.
Legally, Umtiti can ask Barca for every cent of the wages due between now and the end of his contract, but players and clubs usually come to an agreement over a compensation package in such circumstances.
The move would allow Umtiti to find a new club in January, this might also be his best option, despite his desire to return to the Barca starting XI.