Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
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Barca loan Samuel Umtiti to Lecce

French international Samuel Umtiti bedevilled by injuries and a loss of form since winning the 2018 World Cup has been sent on a season long loan to Serie A side Lecce by Barcelona.

The 28-year-old defender is due to undergo a medical later on Thursday at Lecce, who won Serie B title last season.

"Barcelona and Lecce of Italian Serie A have reached an agreement on the loan of defender Samuel Umtiti until 30 June 2023," read a statement on the Barcelona website.

"There is no purchase option."

Spanish sports paper Marca reported that Lecce and Barcelona will share his salary, but that Barca will get bonus payments depending on games played.

Umtiti played an important role in France's World Cup triumph despite a troublesome knee. He scored the only goal in the semi-final win over Belgium.