The Frenchman is yet to sign a new deal as Barcelona are looking to increase his release clause from €60 million, a paltry amount for a top defender in the current market. Now, Don Balon state that the 24-year old is trying to push the club hierarchy to pay him as per with his stature in the squad by revealing an offer from archrivals Real Madrid.
Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is looking for a top defender to partner club captain, Sergio Ramos, and Umtiti’s release clause represents a steal at the moment. If anything, this should motivate the Blaugrana to tie down the defender soon to a new contract with an increased release clause.
However, talks have been tough as the Frenchman is looking at wages of €8 million per season, given how crucial he has become in Valverde’s squad. Nevertheless, Barcelona remains confident that the player will sign a new deal in the coming months to extend his stay at Camp Nou.
For Barcelona, it is imperative to hold on to Umtiti at all costs given his quality, age, and the difficulty to find top left-sided defenders in world football.