The Frenchman is on the verge of becoming a free agent amid stalled negotiations with the Catalans.
Following months of negotiations and angry statements from Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele’s representatives, it seems we are finally nearing the end of the Frenchman’s contract saga at Camp Nou.
There is still no agreement in place between the two parties. However, Dembele’s contract will officially expire on June 30, putting more pressure on the club to make a final decision.
Xavi Hernandez has repeatedly named Dembele among the most crucial players in his squad. According to Marca, the Spaniard has made a final plea to Barca’s board to finalize the 25-year-old’s new deal.
Amid his contract standoff with the club, Dembele became a key player under Xavi last season. In addition to his several direct goal involvements, the Frenchman provided much-needed momentum to Xavi’s attacking line.
As Barca struggles with well-documented financial problems, the club’s officials have admitted they might sell some key players this summer.
Frenkie de Jong is the first candidate to leave the club this summer, with Manchester United being his main suitor. With Dembele being a week away from running down his contract, that leaves Barca with a serious question: Can they afford to lose another one of their elite players?