Barcelona ‘drop Ousmane Dembele asking price to just £37m… under a THIRD of the £130m they paid to sign him from Borussia Dortmund’ as they look to move the forward on
- Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to offload winger Ousmane Dembele
- The Frenchman signed from Dortmund in 2017 for £130m but has disappointed
- Now the Spanish giants would be prepared to accept a bid of just £37m for him
- PSG could be a possible destination with Barca looking to clear their wage bill
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Barcelona are accelerating their attempts to offload Ousmane Demebele, and would be willing to part with the Frenchman for just £37 – a third of the £130million they splashed out to sign him from Dortmund.
More than three years after arriving at the Nou Camp, Demebele has failed to set the world alight, playing just nine times this season for the Spanish side – just five of those coming as starts.
All in all he has 74 appearances and 19 goals in his Barca career, but given the delicate financial climate football finds itself in during the coronavirus crisis, the club need to make cuts somewhere and are keen to clear some room in their wage budget given his £200,000 per week wages.
Ousmane Dembele has been a disappointment since his £130million move from Dortmund
Barca would be making a huge loss on the mega fee they spend on him, but his performances on the pitch – in addition to his injury prone nature – mean the club can no longer afford to keep him in the squad as a bit-part player.
The 23-year-old has suffered a niggling hamstring problem has that kept him out for most of the current campaign after picking it up in November. But even before his blow he was struggling for game time and form.
The club are quoting around £37m, according to Sport, which could alert PSG chiefs after reports linking him to the Ligue 1 side.
His progress in LaLiga has been blighted by a string of frustrating injuries and setbacks
PSG president Leonardo is said to be interested in snapping up Dembele as a marquee signing for the club this summer and is preparing an offer, the report adds.
Given his wage demands, the French outfit would be one of few teams with the financial capability of paying his wages with clubs set for a struggle in the market as the coronavirus continues to take its toll.
Barcelona are hoping their huge discount on Dembele will therefore attract some more suitors, which could come from Serie A or China.
Barcelona want to free up their wages and protect their finances amid the coronavirus crisis
LaLiga clubs have been warned to forget about big-money names arriving when the transfer window opens in the coming months.
Instead, competition chief Javier Tebas has urged them to focus on bringing some youth players through and recalling loans.
There could be a huge sale coming out of Spain’s top flight, with Real Madrid stars already agreeing to a 10 per cent wage cut between now and the end of the season, while Barcelona could see a £177m fall in revenue. A drop this big would make it particularly hard for the club to pay their wage bill.
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