The future of French winger Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona remains far from resolved

The future of French winger Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona remains far from resolved

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05 Apr 2022
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The club think that renewing Dembele’s contract beyond this summer now looks like mission impossible.

Dembele’s agent and Alemany had a meeting in Morocco

The future of French winger Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona remains far from resolved, despite a meeting yesterday between his agent and Mateu Alemany, the Blaugrana sporting director. The meeting in Morocco has left both sides with contradictory feelings. The club think that renewing Dembele’s contract beyond this summer now looks like mission impossible. On the other hand, the player’s circle believe that tensions have eased and that an agreement is looking more likely than before, despite the wide gap that remains between both parties, particularly when it comes to the financial side of things.

 

Alemany, who was very critical of the player in the winter transfer window, was the club’s representative in the meeting, in what was the first coming together of both sides after talks broke down in January and Barcelona tried to make moves to sell the player, reluctant to let him leave for free if at all avoidable.

The Frenchman wants to be in the pay bracket

One of the big issues in the negotiations remains the money involved. Dembele wants to be in the pay bracket he feels his status deserves, and he knows what other clubs might offer him in the summer, especially as they could avoid a transfer fee. However, Barcelona’s budget is very stretched right now, and they are desperate to cut costs to give themselves more flexibility in the summer transfer window. If there has been a coming together and the rekindling of a glimmer of hope that the Frenchman might stay in Catalonia, it is thanks to Xavi, as the head coach has spoken positively of Dembele since his arrival and continues to back him.

 

Dembele is attracting interest from other clubs, but there has been no contract offer made, and he has nothing on the table from another team. The club have his word that he will let them know if that changes.

Meanwhile, Ronald Araujo’s representatives are in Barcelona for what should be a more straightforward, although not altogether simple, renewal. Xavi wants him to extend his current deal beyond June 2023, and the club are trying to grant the head coach’s wish. Again, there are financial differences, but there is confidence on all sides regarding an agreement.

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