Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona Agree on Contract Extension Until 2022-23

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 06: Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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The transfer speculation surrounding Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti seemingly came to an end on Sunday, as the Catalans officially announced he is set to sign a new contract with the club.

The France international's new deal runs until 2023:

Lluis Miguelsanz of Sport previously reported Manchester United were eyeing the defender and his meagre €60 million (£52 million) buyout clause.

The club's official press release didn't include any details on his new buyout clause, but one has to assume it will have risen significantly. Such clauses are mandatory in Spain.

The 24-year-old scored in Friday's international friendly win for France over Italy. He will sign his new deal in Barcelona on Monday and likely join up again with Les Bleus shortly after.

Umtiti joined Barcelona in 2016 after a productive spell with Lyon, and he established himself as one of the world's best defenders in the first half of this season. Transfer speculation soon arose, and it seemed to have an impact on the centre-back, who regressed as the campaign wore on.

With the new contract―and speculation―out of the way, he's free to turn his focus to the pitch again, and fans expect him to return to his best.

Football writer Rik Sharma thought it was a crucial deal for the club:

The details surrounding his new buyout clause and wages should become clear when he puts pen to paper on Monday.

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