The 'purge' continues: Rakitic, Vidal and Umtiti must also leave

Koeman communicates to the trio that it is not in his plans and accelerates the exits: he does not want to have the players discarded next Monday, August 31 at the Ciutat Esportiva.


Ronald Koeman, after meeting this morning with the CEO, Oscar Grau, and with the technical secretary, Ramon Planes, has started the process of contacting the discarded players to inform them that they are not within his project. The first to receive the call was forward Luis Suárez, but he was not the only one. As AS has learned, at least three more players have been contacted by telephone by the Dutch coach to inform them that they will not continue next season in the team and encourage them to seek a contractual solution with the club and find a new team. The players discarded by Koeman are Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.

Vidal (33 years old) has a contract until June 30, 2021, with a record close to nine million euros. Now he will have to negotiate with the club's lawyers the conditions of his departure and how he charges the year that remains to be paid.

In the same situation is Rakitic (32), with one more year of contract, but in his case the exit is already much more advanced: both parties had long known that his cycle at Barcelona had already ended and now try to find a solution agreed by both parties and that benefits both. Today, Sevilla is presented as the ideal destination for the Croatian, but it remains to be seen if the Seville club agrees to pay a transfer for the player's departure.

Finally, Umtiti (26) is a special case. His situation is simply "unsustainable", according to the club. And the fact is that the French central defender has only played 30 of the last 120 games for Barcelona in the last two years, that is, less than 30%, with the 'handicap' of having a record of 12 million euros per year and a contract until 2023. His problems with his left knee and his stubbornness in not going through the operating room have led him into this true cul-de-sac. Here the solution is very complicated: the central does not seem willing to forgive a euro. In addition, his departure is very difficult because no club will give the go-ahead to a transfer without first doing a thorough review of his left knee.

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