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A Barcelona Player's Transfer Value Has Dropped from £63M To £1.8M In Just Three Years

Daniel Marland

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A Barcelona Player's Transfer Value Has Dropped from £63M To £1.8M In Just Three Years

Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti's transfer value has fallen from £63 million to £1.8 million in just three years.

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The 28-year-old has been plagued by injury since arriving from Lyon in 2016 and he's made just one appearance in La Liga this season.

Umtiti was regarded as one of the best young defenders in the world when Barcelona paid £20 million for him six years ago.

Transfermarkt's stats back that claim up, with Umtiti's maximum value in 2018 being incredibly high.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

He regularly started games in his first two years at the Camp Nou, helping them to La Liga glory in 2018.

That's the year he also won the World Cup with France but looking back, it could be the decision that ended his career at the top level.

Umtiti suffered a knee injury during that La Liga title-winning season and knew surgery would rule him out of the World Cup.

Knowing 'Les Bleus' manager Didier Deschamps' preferred centre back partnership was Umtiti and Raphael Varane, the former opted against getting surgery.

While Umtiti did get his medal, it cost him his long-term fitness and knee issues have plagued him ever since.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

To put it all into context, he's missed 54 games through just knee injuries alone since September 2018.

Other minor injuries have also had an impact and Umtiti hasn't played more than 20 games in a season since that fateful year.

Barcelona have tried their hardest to shift a once valuable asset off the books as financial issues continue to mount.

Umtiti refused to leave in a summer which saw Lionel Messi depart for Paris Saint-Germain and tensions are still high.

He was booed during August's Joan Gamper Trophy showdown with Juventus and even confronted in the streets of Catalonia by angry supporters last month.

Video footage shows fans jumping on the bonnet of Umtiti's car before he gets out to have words.

Umtiti furiously said: "Come here. Do you pay for the car? Why do you mess around? Do you know what respect is?"

Patience is clearly wearing thin and Umtiti has reportedly rejected a move to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce as well as four other unnamed clubs.

Where do you think Samuel Umtiti will go when he leaves Barcelona?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona, La Liga

Daniel Marland
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