Good handed on Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti for William Saliba

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You have to admire Samuel Umtiti’s persistence and effort to force his way into the Barcelona side but it really looks like it is time for him to move on.

He turned 27 last November and is wasting his prime sitting in the stands in Spain while always tied to an exit from the club so it’s clear they have no place for him.

It sounds like he’s in good shape now, following a vegan diet to improve his physique, but he’s still struggling to get into a depleted Barcelona defense and hopefully he’ll find a transfer this month.

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A report from Mundo Deportivo actually suggested that a return to France with Nice was a real possibility as they wanted to improve their defenses but instead flopped for Arsenal’s William Saliba.

That puts him back in the familiar position of being out in the Nou camp and there are currently no signs of other applicants but there is still plenty of time to change that.

He may also have seen some of the terrible defenses shown in Nice tonight and wondered if he dodged a bullet by avoiding that move, but it is clear Barca are ready to let him go when someone makes a reasonable offer.

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