It is well known that FC Barcelona do not have Samuel Umtiti for your future project, The club having thrown in the towel with the French central defender after two years full of disappointments. In this sense, the exit of ‘Big Sam’ will be promoted in the form of transfer or assignment this summer, and the arrival of a young central guarantee will be promoted with almost certainty.
He FC Barcelona handles different alternatives in the transfer schedule, but three of the ones that most attract the attention of the technical secretariat are Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples), Eric García (Manchester City) y Pau Torres (Villarreal). In the case of the Senegalese center of French nationality, Ariedo Braida revealed a few days ago on ‘Kiss Radio’ that during his time as international adviser to Barça he proposed the signing of the 29-year-old defender who plays for Napoli, and whose market valuation is above the 60 million euros.
It is an amount of money ostensibly less than what the president of Napoli asks for, Aurelio De Laurentiis, for discarding their services. And, in addition to being a player without as much future projection as the previous two, it has also caused the interest of other great clubs in Europe such as Chelsea and Manchester City, among others. Therefore, a less complicated option for Barça.
Simpler seem, a priori, the alternatives of Eric García and Pau Torres. The young central player of the City, at 19 years old, has become the new predilection of a Pep Guardiola that he is giving him minutes regularly, and that he does not want to lose him as he did with other ‘citizens’ promises such as Jadon Sancho. Barça are very interested in bringing Eric García back home, who in turn is represented by Iván de la Peña.
Eric García and Pau Torres, affordable but quoted
With a contract with Manchester City until 2021, at the Etihad Stadium they intend to renew him going from £ 12,000 to £ 40,000 a week, an amount of money that FC Barcelona would not be willing to assume. It remains to be seen if the young footballer accepts the conditions, and if so, the culé team will have to go to their ‘Plan B’.
It is there that we find Pau Torres (23), starter at Villarreal, with a clause of 65 million and already established in the Spanish elite after having had a magnificent season. The president of Villarreal, Fernando Roig, does not want to lower the price of the Pau Torres clause, and also would not accept the inclusion of players to make the operation cheaper. Would Barça be willing to pay that much money? Time will tell.