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Barcelona signs France defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon

Barcelona has signed France defender Samuel Umtiti to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Lyon.

Published: 12th July 2016 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2016 07:11 PM   |  A+A-

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France's Samuel Umtiti, right, jumps for a header with Germany's Thomas Mueller during the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. | AP

By AP

BARCELONA: Barcelona has signed France defender Samuel Umtiti to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Lyon.

The Spanish champions say the transfer cost 25 million euros ($27.7 million).

In his debut for the national team, the 22-year-old Umtiti helped France reach the final of the European Championship, which it lost to Portugal on Sunday.

Umtiti played 170 matches for Lyon, scoring five goals in five seasons.

He can play as a central defender or at left back.



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