BARCELONA SIGNS SAMUEL UMTITI: Barcelona have completed the signing of France international Samuel Umtiti from Lyon on a five-year deal for €25million.

With following statement, the Spanish football giants confirm the sealing of the deal for the signing of the 22-year-old who played for France in just concluded Euro 2016:-

“FC Barcelona have signed Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyonnais for the next five seasons,” .

“FC Barcelona have paid 25 million Euros for the player. Umtiti’s buy out clause is 60 million euros.

“Samuel Umtiti will arrive in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon local time with a photo session planned outside the Club offices at a time yet to be decided.

“On Friday July 15, in the morning the player will undergo a medical before signing his contract.”

Umtiti’s official presentation at Camp Nou will take place on Friday.

The player comes to FC Barcelona to reinforce the defence for Luis Enrique’s team. The Frenchman can play at the centre of defence or at left back. Despite his youth, he has played 170 games for Olympique, acting as captain on several occasions. Even though he is not a goalscoring defender, he has scored a total of five goals in his five seasons with the French club’s first team. He has represented France at all levels, making his debut for the full national team in the recent Euro2016 tournament in France. He made his debut against Iceland in the quarter-finals and played in both the semi-final and the final.

Umtiti becomes Barca’s second signing since last season, following the arrival of Denis Suarez from Villarreal, also following the departure of Barcelona defenders, Dani Alves to Juventus, and Marc Bartra to Borrusia Dortmund.

According to the club, the official presentation of the player will follow the timetable below.

  • At 1.30pm CET, official presentation at Camp Nou
  • At 2.00pm, photo session on the field at Camp Nou. The public can access the stadium from 1.45pm.
  • At 2.30pm, press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs press room. The player will be accompanied by sporting vice president Jordi Mestre, the director of professional sports Albert Soler and the technical secretary Robert Fernández.
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