Barcelona are in the market for a top-class centre-back this summer and want to send Chelsea target Samuel Umtiti out on loan
With Frank Lampard looking to spend some serious money during the summer transfer window, there was some speculation in the media that the boss is seeking to add some world class defenders to his squad, with Umtiti high up on the shopping list.
We have already shipped too many goals this season and are in need of adding an experienced defender to that back-line in order to shore the the defence for next season.
A knee injury, which required surgery, saw the Frenchman lose his starting place to countryman Clement Lenglet last season, and reports suggested Barcelona are willing to allow him to depart the club for the right amount of money.
But that is not there only option according to Sport, who have claimed that they will allow the Frenchman to leave the club on-loan next season.
The 26-year-old is tied to Barca until June 2023 and has a €500m release clause, and refused to leave Barca in the past two transfer windows but could be tempted to move on loan with a view to returning to the club in the future.
Umtiti has plenty of suitors with Napoli, Arsenal among the clubs that are willing to take the France international on loan.