Barcelona are ready to sell Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti to raise funds for the signing of Manchester City center-back Aymeric Laporte, according to Spanish media AS.
The French pair have fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona and may have surplus needs.
Longtime club legend Gerard Pique is expected to stay on, while much younger options of Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza all present themselves.
It has been reported that La Blaugrana are hoping to bring another center-back to the club, with Seville’s Jules Kounde named as a possible target.
If a new center-back is recruited, the club will likely offload one or two, especially given their current financial situation.
Laporte is another who has been linked with a move to Camp Nou. The former Athletic Bilbao man was once one of the first names on the squad roster at Man City, but last season he lost his place in the starting XI to John Stones and the news rookie Ruben Dias.
It was recently claimed that the Spain international may consider a transfer this summer.
Spanish source AS claims Lenglet and Umtiti could be put on the transfer list to fund a transfer for Laporte in the transfer window.
Lenglet signed for Barcelona in 2018 from Sevilla and got off to a good start at Camp Nou, making 95 appearances in his first two seasons and securing a starting spot.
He continued to be a regular in the 2020/21 campaign but failed to produce the performances to support his selection.
The Frenchman often looked fragile and was responsible for a few conceded goals throughout the season.
At just 25 and with five years left on his contract, Lenglet could be scoring a decent fee in the transfer window.
Once considered one of the best center-backs in the world, Samuel Umtiti’s stock has shrunk significantly in recent years, largely due to injury and loss of form.
The World Cup winner started just six league games last season, and it looks like he’s not on Ronald Koeman’s plans.
However, the Dutchman’s job is in doubt, and Umtiti may feel like he could outlive him if he sticks around.
Umtiti has only two years left on his current contract, and his lack of playing time will see his value depreciate further. Barcelona are hoping to let him go as soon as they can.
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