Barcelona have extended Dembele and will pay him 40% less.

Barcelona have extended Dembele and will pay him 40% less.

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14 Jul 2022
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Renewal initiator – Xavi

Barcelona have wanted to sell Ousmane for the last few years. Every summer, the player was strongly hinted that it is better to accept any available offer and quietly leave. Ronald Koeman did not see Usman as an important part of the team and insisted on selling him. After the arrival of Xavi, everything changed dramatically. The coach assured that he sees Usman in the center of the project and would never agree to let him go. Over these six months, the Spaniard’s rhetoric has not changed at all – in every interview, Xavi defends Dembele and calls him an exemplary professional. “Always told you that he was good,” the coach had no doubt. We believe in Usman. Here this guy will be the best in the world. Injuries happen to everyone, but the problem for a player is that there have been too many of them lately. Usman can’t get fit, we want to help with that. He needs to train harder in the gym. I have no doubt that he will become a world star, but we should not sit idly by. Usman’s new contract is a priority for the club. This is clear to everyone, everyone knows how much we need him.” Usman did not share his enthusiasm for playing in Barça and asked for a lot of money. Fabrizio Romano suggested that the player’s side was asking for about 40 million before taxes and another 20 million for the agent. Barça were surprised and the talks came to a sudden halt. “Negotiations with Usman’s entourage have been going on for 5 months. They know what our position is,” said Barcelona director Mateu Alemani. “We want to keep Usman. They know about it. They have our offer. The signing of a new contract cannot be postponed. They are familiar with all possible scenarios. We are awaiting a final response from them.” Xavi helped to resume communication. The coach constantly talked to the player, asked to stay and played an important role on the field. As a result, Usman became the best assistant in La Liga. The Athletic noted that the Frenchman fell in love with Xavi and fully shares his ambitions.

Usman’s agent tried to the last to attach him to another club

The parties agreed on the terms for several months. Insider Gerard Romero wrote that Mousse Sissoko’s agent didn’t even consider offers below the client’s space requirements. Barça were in no hurry to satisfy them. The agent understood the economic problems of the Catalans, so he did not forget to offer Usman to other teams. Several insiders assured that the agent was in contact with Leonardo from PSG. But along with the departure of the sports director, the interest of the Parisians in Dembele faded. Sissoko desperately looked for options. Usman temporarily became a free agent, and then Chelsea joined the game – the Londoners wanted to sign the winger because of Thomas Tuchel, with whom he worked together in Dortmund. They get along well, so the deal looked attractive. L’Equipe reported that Chelsea even offered the player a contract, but reliable insider Jacob Steinberg denied the information and clarified that it was only a substantive interest.


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