France's Umtiti to ink deal with Barca

July 13, 2016
France's Samuel Umtiti (22) in action against Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson during the recent Euro 2016 football tournament.

 

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Barcelona will sign France defender Samuel Umtiti to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Lyon.

The Spanish champions said yesterday that the transfer cost US$27.7 million.

In his debut for the national team, the 22-year-old Umtiti helped France reach the final of the European Championship which they lost to Portugal on Sunday.

Umtiti played 170 matches for Lyon, scoring five goals in five seasons.

Able to play as a central defender or at left back, he will help strengthen a backline that saw Dani Alves and Marc Bartra leave since the end of last season.

Umtiti will undergo a routine medical exam before signing his contract on Friday.

He is Barcelona's second reinforcement after they bought back attacking midfielder Denis Suarez from Villarreal.

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