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Lyon confirm Barcelona agreement with Samuel Umtiti

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirms that Barcelona have an "exclusive agreement" to sign 22-year-old centre-back Samuel Umtiti this summer.

Lyon have confirmed that they will allow Samuel Umtiti to join Barcelona after Euro 2016 if an agreement is reached between all parties.

The Spanish champions have been heavily linked with a move for the French defender this summer, and earlier today it was reported that the two clubs had agreed on a €30m (£24.7m) fee.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas hinted that the transfer will not be completed until after this summer's tournament, but does expect the 22-year-old to move to Camp Nou.

"We anticipate the eventual departure of Umtiti. Samuel has an exclusive agreement for him to join Barcelona," Aulas told RMC Sport.

"We made a promise that if he could play for the club of his heart, he would leave. It's part of the commitment which we have made, as was done for Karim Benzema when he went to Real Madrid.

"Right now, Samuel is with Les Bleus and is focused on the European Championships and the fact that he can play on Sunday against Iceland. If the three parties agree, it is possible that he will leave us."

Umtiti came through the ranks at Lyon and went on to make 170 appearances for the first team.


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Lyon's French defender Samuel Umtiti (L) vies with Valencia's midfielder Dani Parejo (R) during the Champions League group H football match between Lyon and Valencia on September 29, 2015 at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, central-eastern France.
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