Barcelona president issues worrying contract update on Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele out of contract in the summer
It would be almost a fitting end to Ousmane Dembele’s Barcelona career were he to depart on a free transfer in the summer.
The Frenchman was signed as a replacement for Neymar in 2017, but has failed to stay injury-free and has, as a result, had little impact in Catalonia.
With six months left on his contract, speculation continues to swirl around his future, much of it contradictory, as shown below.
Ousmane Dembélé wants to stay, but has rejected Barça’s first contract offer. He likes the arrival of Xavi. In the coming days, club representatives will meet with his agents. The player’s entourage expect a better offer, with a higher base salary.
— @helenacondis pic.twitter.com/saP2WUrJUK
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 1, 2021
Ousmane Dembele’s agents have convinced the player to leave Barcelona. He has decided not to renew. The operation can only be saved if Barça come up with a higher offer, but the club do not plan on doing that.
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 2, 2021
Contract talks stalling?
Now, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued an update on his contract situation, and it is more than a little worrying for the Blaugrana faithful.
As reported by reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Laporta claimed:
“Dembélé’s renewal is going slower than we wanted. But we’re still working on it – we want Ousmane to stay, he could be a key player if we’ll reach an agreement”
Barça president Laporta on Ousmane Dembélé contract expiring in June: “Dembélé’s renewal is going slower than we wanted. But we’re still working on it – we want Ousmane to stay, he could be a key player if we’ll reach an agreement”, he said to @victor_nahe. 🔴 #FCB pic.twitter.com/nokYEnQns6
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 2, 2021
With the French winger able to agree pre-contracts come January, which could see his wages bumped up, and the seemingly concrete interest on Barcelona’s part in Manchester City winger Ferran Torres, could we see Dembele’s future lie away from the Camp Nou?