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Barca ace linked to transfer to fund De Ligt deal

Barcelona ace linked with shocking transfer to fund De Ligt deal

March 26, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Dutch defender is being followed closely by Barcelona execs, but the Spanish giants will need to part ways with one of their top players to comply with FFP rules.

Rumors keep circling around the two biggest clubs in Spain, and now, it's Barcelona's future that seems to be subject for a turn in the rumor mill.

With the 2018-19 season approaching its end, Barcelona seems to be ready to splash cash once again to boost their squad. The only problem for them is that they will not be able to keep some of their players around, and some transfers will be needed to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

While the entire attention has been shifted to follow Philippe Coutinho's future, a major move could take place involving Samuel Umtiti. According to ESPN, the French footballer will be released by the end of the season, in order to make room for Matthijs De Ligt in the squad.

Umtiti has been held back this season due to a knee injury, and word around Barcelona's training camp is that the French center back will leave the club. Barcelona signed young Frenchd defender Jean-Claire Todibo during the winter break, also adding Jeison Murillo to the mix. If the club really wants to sign De Ligt, then Umtiti's future will look far away from the Camp Nou.

Other options to fund transfers, according to ESPN's report, include Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho. Either way, having several center backs around could be tricky enough for Valverde to handle, so we will have to wait and see what Barcelona execs have in mind when it comes to Umtiti's future.



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