OGC Nice are reportedly keeping a close eye on many centre-backs across the Europe.
It’s claimed by French media that Nice are poised to land Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.
The France international joined Barcelona from Lyon for a fee in the region of 25 million euros in July 2016. His contract expires in the summer of 2026.
The centre-back has featured in only one match for Barcelona last term in all competitions.
Umtiti has left his mark at the international stage after netting 4 goals in 31 senior appearances for the France national team.
He is one of the more likely players to be offloaded by Barcelona this summer and the list of suitors in the France international continues to grow.
Christophe Galtier needs to tighten up his defense and a centre-back would be a welcome addition. He is a firm fan of Barcelona centre-back and Nice could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
The French team are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
The former Lyon man is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of getting stuck in with some well-timed tackles to help secure possession back for his side. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Nice are interested in Barcelona outcast Samuel Umtiti. The list of possible players leaving is long and one of the priorities is to finally solve Umtiti’s future. Nice could be the solution. The French side are ready to sign the centre-back if he’s allowed to leave for free, according to a report in lequotidiendusport. They have sounded out the player’s camp to try and reach an agreement with Barça for him to rescinding his contract mutually and then they would be able to bring him in for nothing. The Ligue 1 side are ready to offer him a basic wage with variables depending on performances. Barça are ready to play their part and will listen to all offers for the defender. The club want to cut Umtiti loose, although they would also be open to a loan move.”
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If the Nice can tie up a cheap deal for the player, it may not be a bad signing by any means.
It is claimed that Barcelona are open to letting Umtiti go.
Good signing for Nice?
Nevertheless, Samuel Umtiti stands as an excellent option for Nice.
Umtiti has all the skillset required to be a success story at Nice. Therefore, it makes sense for Galtier to step up his attempts to bring the France centre-back to Ligue 1 side.
Nice fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Nice make their move for the 28-year-old in the coming weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.