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Barcelona put obscene buy-out clause on Man United target Samuel Umtiti in new contract

Frenchman's future appeared in doubt with the Red Devils willing to offer him a huge wage increase to make switch

BARCELONA have slapped a staggering £439million buy-out clause on Samuel Umtiti.

The French defender was a transfer target for Manchester United, who had been willing to offer him a huge wage increase.

Samuel Umtiti put pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal at Barcelona

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Samuel Umtiti put pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal at Barcelona

Manchester United were interested in Samuel Umtiti, but he is staying

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Manchester United were interested in Samuel Umtiti, but he is staying

However, he ended all speculation by penning a new deal until 2023.


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In Spain, all players have a buy-out clause included in their contracts by law, and Barcelona were caught out last summer when Paris Saint-Germain stumped up the £198million needed to sign Neymar.

And they moved to ensure the same would not happen with Umtiti, by making his fee an incredible £439m.


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Despite the ruling, it is very rare that a club meets a player’s buy-out clause, as it is normally set so high.

Samuel Umtiti will stay at Barcelona until 2023 and has a £493m buy-out clause

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Samuel Umtiti will stay at Barcelona until 2023 and has a £439m buy-out clause

Barcelona want to ensure they don't lose another player like they did Neymar

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Barcelona want to ensure they don’t lose another player like they did Neymar

But the Neymar incident set a precedent and clubs across La Liga want to ensure they are not caught out.

Lionel Messi penned a new contract last summer, but the buy-out clause was then deemed to have been set to low.

It led to several rumours he had not actually extended his contract.

And, in November, he signed another new deal, with a buy-out clause set at an astonishing £626m.


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