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Barcelona hoping to offload Samuel Umtiti in January

The French defender could be on his way out of the club in the winter transfer window - among the options is AC Milan, to cover for the injured Simon Kjaer.

Barcelona hoping to offload Samuel Umtiti in January

There's no place at Barcelona for centre-back Samuel Umtiti, even under Xavi Hernández and the player may be on his way out of the club in next month's transfer window. According to journalist Rudy Galetti, the 28-year-old is one of the options which AC Milan are studying as cover for Simon Kjaer who is facing six months out after rupturing the ligaments in his left knee.

Milan view Umtiti as a low-cost alternative to some of the other players they are looking at, seeing as the Frenchman doesn't figure in Barcelona's plans. Umtiti is under contract with the Catalans until 30 June 2023, but considering that he no longer plays and earns a high salary, Barça are looking into rescinding his contract

Umtiti's last game was in May

Umtiti has not played a single minute for the first team this season - his most recent outing for the Blaugranas was on 22 May 2021 in the 0-1 win at Eibar in Ipurúa, where he came on as a sub for the second half. Since then, he has practically vanished. He didn't figure in Ronald Koeman's plans - the Dutch coach preferred to pair Eric García and Piqué, and neither has he managed to impress Xavi, who is in agreement that it's time for him to move on.