Spanish journalist Javi Miguel has claimed that Ousmane Dembele is near signing a brand new contract at Barcelona, together with his present deal set to run out subsequent week.
Having arrived on the Camp Nou in 2017 in a transfer from Borussia Dortmund, the French worldwide has did not stay as much as lofty expectations. Accidents have plagued his time with the Catalonian giants.
Dembele has scored 32 instances in 150 appearances for Barcelona throughout his 5 seasons. He netted simply as soon as for Xavi Hernandez’s facet final time period though he did present 13 assists in La Liga.
The 25-year-old has been closely linked with a free switch to Chelsea this summer season. Nonetheless, Miguel has claimed on Twitter that Dembele is able to signal a contract extension at Barcelona, which was the identical supply he obtained again in December.
The journalist declared:
“Dembele is one step away from dropping his pants and accepting the supply he has had since December and which he has systematically ignored/rejected. On Monday, I referred to as Xavi asking him to intercede with Laporta: “There will probably be no new supply, you settle for the one you will have or bye.”
Dembele had beforehand ignored that provide. Membership president Joan Laporta gave the World Cup winner an ultimatum: both signal the extension on the phrases initially provided or go away the membership on a free switch.
Barca have been closely linked to Leeds United star Raphinha through the window, who performs in the identical place as Dembele on the right-wing. Nonetheless, with the Premier League facet beneath no strain to promote and with Barcelona’s funds tight as issues stand, the deal appears to be like unlikely.
Chelsea reportedly ‘cool their curiosity’ in Barcelona winger
In keeping with SPORT (as per Sports activities Witness), the Blues have ‘cooled their curiosity’ in Dembele, after being ‘stunned by the footballer’s calls for’.
With the Frenchman’s wage calls for reportedly extraordinarily excessive, the Blues will as an alternative flip their consideration to making an attempt to signal Manchester Metropolis winger Raheem Sterling. The Englishman has only a yr left on his contract on the Etihad and needs to turn out to be the principle man at a giant membership.
The report additionally claims that the Blues didn’t just like the participant demanding to be a first-team common, with Thomas Tuchel already having excellent choices throughout the entrance three.
In the meantime, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have been additionally reportedly eager about signing Dembele though their need to signal the pacy winger has since diminished. The Ligue 1 champions are searching for their first summer season signing and are additionally in search of a substitute for Angel Di Maria. The Argentine is predicted to depart the Parc Des Princes on a free switch on the finish of the month.