Report: Two Barcelona outcasts unwilling to leave club


With the transfer window almost upon us, Barcelona have been one of the most active clubs in the early off-season. The Catalans have already brought in as many as three players, with more expected to come through the doors in the upcoming weeks.

At the same time, there will also be several exits from Camp Nou. Indeed, there are quite a few players on the current roster that are deemed surplus to requirements. Two such players are Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti, who, as per a report from SPORT, are unwilling to leave the club this summer.

Umtiti has long lost his allure, having struggled with repeated knee injuries, which has seen him drop down the pecking order at Barcelona. The Blaugrana have made it clear to the Frenchman that he is not part of the plans going forward.

But the defender himself has not shown any indication of wanting to leave. Contracted till 2023, Umtiti’s exorbitant wages and his sketchy injury record has meant there are not many suitors for him in the market either, making things difficult for Barcelona.

No suitors for Coutinho

As for Coutinho, the Brazilian has done little to nothing to justify Barcelona’s record transfer fee investment in him back in January 2018. Having spent the 2019/20 season away on loan at Bayern Munich, the playmaker was reintroduced back into the fold by Ronald Koeman, only for him to succumb to a season-ending injury towards the end of 2020.

Having undergone surgery on the injured knee in April, Coutinho is on the recovery trail currently. While Barcelona have put him on the transfer list for the summer, there is a feeling of resignation within the camp, as the 29-year-old is unlikely to attract many suitors, much like the last two transfer windows. Coutinho, like Umtiti, is contracted with the club till 2023.

Given Barcelona’s financial plight, player sales will be critical for them to be able to add more new faces to the roster. And, there is some optimism surrounding the potential departures of Miralem Pjanic and Junior Firpo. But, as things stand, the same cannot be said of Umtiti and Coutinho.



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