Barcelona sign French defender Umtiti for five years

Barcelona, July 12 (IANS) Spanish football champions Barcelona FC confirmed on Tuesday the signing of Olympique Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti for 25 million euros ($27.71 million).

The 22-year-old Cameroon-born French international signed a five-year contract with the current Spanish champions, the club’s website said, reports Efe.

According to a statement on Barcelona’s website, Umtiti is due to bolster Luis Enrique’s squad in the centre-back and left-back positions.

Despite his youth, Umtiti made a total of 170 appearances for Lyon, acting as captain in several matches.

Umtiti made his international debut this summer in the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup during France’s quarter-final against Iceland.

He went on to play full games in the semi-final and the final.

According to the statement, Umtiti is due to arrive in Barcelona on Thursday and is scheduled for a photo shoot at the Club before a medical assessment the following day.

Depending on the medical results, Umtiti is set to complete his formalities on Friday before being presented to fans at the Camp Nou stadium.



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