Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is believed to have rejected the membership’s newest supply of a contract renewal, making it extra doubtless he’ll go away Camp Nou as a free agent.
Dembele’s present contract is because of expire on the finish of this season, which suggests he’s additionally eligible to signal a pre-contract settlement with a brand new membership as of January, and he is lately been linked within the Spanish media with a transfer to Newcastle – now the richest membership on the planet.
Dropping the 24-year-old Frenchman on a free switch can be an enormous blow to Barcelona, having initially signed him in a deal from Borussia Dortmund price as much as €145m, as a result of they might get no return on that giant funding.
Accidents all through his time in Catalonia, together with this season after present process knee surgical procedure in the summertime, have meant that Barcelona have additionally by no means seen the perfect of Dembele.
New coach Xavi has been onerous on him, with reviews that he fined the participant earlier this month for being three minutes late for a coaching session – Dembele has a longstanding popularity for lateness.
However Xavi has additionally praised Dembele’s means on the pitch, suggesting quickly after taking on that he has the potential to be ‘the perfect on the planet in his place’ if he stays harm free and works onerous.
Xavi has additionally said greater than as soon as that he needs Dembele to remain, lately describing his contract renewal as a ‘precedence’ and simply final Friday revealing a dialog he had with the participant: “I made it clear to him how vital he was for not solely me this season, however for the longer term.”
Nonetheless, Dembele’s imaginative and prescient could not line up with Xavi’s. SPORT report that he has rejected Barcelona’s newest supply of a contract as a result of he needs to be launched as a free agent.
The reason being that he has apparently had higher provides from golf equipment exterior Spain who may pay him rather more than Barcelona can – their wage invoice needed to be slashed repeatedly due to ongoing monetary issues, resulting in the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann amongst others over the summer time.
A report from Mundo Deportivo even claims that Dembele has a £250,000-per-week contract ready for him at Newcastle – who’re backside of the Premier League and winless in 13 outings – along with a £15m signing-on bonus.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis have additionally been linked with Dembele in latest months, however are unlikely to place ahead such a powerful monetary package deal.