“A player of a high level” – Manager openly admits interest in signing 28-year-old Barcelona star

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Rennes boss Bruno Genesio has seemingly confirmed reports that the Ligue 1 club are interested in signing Barcelona outcast Samuel Umtiti this summer.

Barcelona signed Umtiti from French top-flight club Olympique Lyon for €25 million in 2016. The centre-back has since made 132 appearances across all competitions for Blaugrana, helping them win seven trophies in the process.

However, persistent injuries and poor performances have seen Umtiti fall out of favor at Camp Nou. The France international made just one appearance for Barcelona in the 2021-22 season.
Rennes are said to be among the clubs interested in acquiring Umtiti’s services this summer. Genesio has admitted that the Frenchman is a player of interest for the Ligue 1 club and hailed him as a player of a high level. He was quoted as saying by SPORT:

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“He [Umtiti] is a player I know perfectly well. I’ve had him in the training period and then in the Lyon first team and that creates a bond. You all know his history, his qualities, the setbacks he had last year, but he’s still a player of a high level, and we are interested in players of a high level”.
Rennes are reportedly in talks with Umtiti over a transfer to the French top-flight club. It is said that the Ligue 1 outfit could sign the central defender on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

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