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Barcelona forced back into the market after Umtiti’s knee injury

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With Samuel Umtiti expected to remain on the sidelines for at least three to four months after picking up a knee injury, Barcelona intend to find a low-cost replacement in January

The 25-year-old Frenchman will soon undergo surgery in Doha and won’t be available until the second half of the season. Established himself as an indispensable first-team member, former Lyon star has been a cornerstone of the Blaugrana’s defense along with Gerard Pique.

Now that he won’t be able to help his fellow Barca teammates, Ernesto Valverde needs to find an experienced centre-back to fill the void left by Umtiti’s absence.

According to The Mirror, the Catalans are looking to land one of Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Considering they can’t splash out high figures until next summer, the reigning La Liga champions have to focus on low-cost solutions.

The same source states Barcelona would like to take the Citizens captain on loan until the end of the season after they abandoned the track that led to Chelsea’s David Luiz.

However, the 34-year-old Serbian defender seems a more realistic option at the moment, as City would hardly let the Belgium international go in the middle of the season.