The 'central' mess of Valverde

The arrival of De Ligt would force a restructuring in the defensive line. There are no plans to have five power stations, much less have an alternate with a € 6 million chip.


If there is one thing that is very clear about the sporting direction of FC Barcelona is that the signing of the Dutch central Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt, considered in the club as strategic, obligará to seek a solution in the payroll of staff of the template. Today the first team has four. Dos of them are considered non-transferable: Gerard Piqué and Clement Lenglet. Another has the favor of the technicians who see it as an interesting future bet: the Frenchman Jean Clair Todibo. So, a priori, the player designated to leave the club if De Ligt arrives would be Samuel Umtiti.

Since, the French center will not make it easy. In fact, has already made it clear that he is not willing to accept any offer of exit and that his intention is to continue in the Blaugrana entity, where he has a contract until 2023 at a rate of about six million euros per year. The wage bill is one of the big problems because the club is not willing to have any player who charges these fees 'sucking' bench.

It is clear that the club will not move card until confirming the signing of the Dutch central. Once the operation is closed, then the pressure towards Umtiti will intensify. The problem, in any case, is not only that the player is not in the business of leaving but will have to cross his fingers to pass the medical review of the club that is interested, y no one escapes that Umtiti drag serious problems in his left knee since the season began.

What is clear is that Barcelona can not assume having payroll to three plants exceeding six million euros each: Piqué, De Ligt and Umtiti. Hence he has to sacrifice yes or yes to one of them. The salaries of Lenglet and Todibo are more adapted to the needs of the team, so it would not be any problem to keep them in the staff and even less as substitutes.

During the meeting that technicians are expected to have next week with those responsible for the sports area will address the need to reduce the wage bill among the priorities of the first team. And nobody escapes that the name of Umtiti will be on the table.



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