Barcelona ‘want £52m for Ousmane Dembele as they fear losing him on a free transfer next year’… but still face making a huge loss on the £96MILLION they splurged on Borussia Dortmund teen in 2017
- Barcelona reportedly offered Ousmane Dembele a new deal two weeks ago
- Dembele has scored ten goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season
- The 23-year-old’s improved form earned him a recall to the France squad
- The French forward could return from injury against Villarreal on Sunday
Barcelona reportedly want £52 million for Ousmane Dembele, the France forward is out of contract next summer and is yet to respond to an offer to renew his current deal.
Barca representatives met with Dembele’s agent two weeks ago to try and thrash out the terms on extending his stay at the Nou Camp, but the delay in a response has led them to them to believe that the 23-year-old has a different ‘strategy’ regarding his future.
According to Sport.es Barca believe the lack of desire from Dembele to sign a new deal suggests he wants to leave on a free transfer next year.
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could be on his way out of the Nou Camp next summer
The Catalans will reportedly place the France international on the transfer list this summer if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal.
Barca signed the 23-year-old for £96 million from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
Dembele endured a difficult start to life at the Nou Camp; in his first three seasons with the club he only made 75 appearances largely due to to persistent and niggling injuries.
However, this season has seen a return to form with the Frenchman notching 10 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions.
Dembele’s improved form saw him recalled to the French national team earlier this year
His improved form saw Dembele rewarded with a recall to the France squad for the first time since 2018 earlier this year.
Dembele could return to the Barcelona line-up for Sunday’s trip to Villarreal after a rapid recovery from injury.
He missed Barca’s 5-2 win over Getafe in midweek due to a muscle problem but is expected be fit to face Unai Emery’s side.
Barca are currently third in LaLiga, five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with a game in hand.
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