Everton target Samuel Umtiti could be sacked by Barcelona, according to a report from Sport.
The Toffees are keen to sign the 31-capped France international, per the same publication.
And it seems as though the door may well now be wide open for Rafa Benitez to bring the 27-year-old centre-back to Goodison Park.
Central defence is certainly an area where the Spaniard will want to bolster before the transfer window slams shut.
Umtiti to be dismissed by Barca?
Sport claims that Barcelona threatened to unilaterally terminate the Frenchman’s contract because of his poor attitude.
Whilst that doesn’t bode well for the Toffees from the perspective that his commitment would be in question, at least Benitez should have no problem bringing the former Lyon man to Merseyside if that is what he wants to do.
In Umtiti’s heyday, he was a truly brilliant player.
However, a combination of injuries problems and poor form have marred his last two years at Camp Nou.
The Sun claimed last year that Barca wanted around £30 million for Umtiti.
So if they do decide to sever ties with the France international, Everton could be tempted to sign him for absolutely nothing.
His disciplinary problems will be a real red flag for the Toffees hierarchy, but sometimes you have to take a risk.
And Umiti might be a useful addition for Everton this summer.