Barcelona Football Club has told Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti that they will not get a squad number next season and that they will wait until the 31st of August to sack them if they don’t leave the club on their own.
Sport reports that Barcelona are taking drastic measures to free up the squad numbers they need.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Martin Braithwaite only accepts leaving if Barcelona pay his entire contract and sack him, while Samuel Umtiti has been more proactive in finding an exit, but hasn’t taken any opportunity that has come his way and wants to look for a better offer.
Barcelona know that Martin Braithwaite has offers from within Spain and a big money offer from Saudi Arabia, but he’s not signed anything. He wants the rest of his salary and that is what could happen, but only at the end of the market. For now, the situation seems stuck.
Samuel Umtiti could have signed for a Turkish team, but it seems like the defender does not want to play in that league particularly. He’s hoping to return to Olympique Lyon. Barcelona would rather have a friendly solution in terms of loaning him out or letting him go for free, but if there is no answer, Umtiti will have to leave on the 31st of August after being sacked.