FC Barcelona has a long tussle with Dembele and his agent to renew the contract. The whole renewal saga continued for more than a year. Barcelona constantly disregarded the demands put forward by the player’s agent but wanted to negotiate terms favorable to the club.
The club was correct in its position. Dembele is an injury-prone player and has never played an entire season for the club. Considering his chronic injuries, the club was skeptical of meeting his demands. The player waited for clubs to approach him, but none came. Ultimately Dembele agreed to renew for two seasons with the club.
FC Barcelona is aware of the possible hurdles when renewing his contract again in 2024. The club is looking for options on the market as a backup plan.
FC Barcelona are interested in Villareal forward
As Dembele’s successor, Barcelona is considering Nicolas Jackson of Villarreal. Nicolas Jackson, a young player for Villarreal, is apparently being closely watched by Barcelona in preparation for a prospective move.
Most of Nicolas Jackson’s formative years were spent in his own country. Casa Sports was his final club in Senegal. In September 2019, the player relocated to Europe and joined the La Liga team Villarreal. And after leaving the Yellow Submarine’s young section, he gradually advanced.
The 21-year-old earned his first-team Villarreal debut in October 2021 but only made sporadic appearances the previous year. Jackson, on the other hand, has excelled thus far this season, with three goals and two assists in 19 outings. However, the player’s contract will expire next summer at Villarreal, and the Senegalese attacker’s future there is questionable. Barcelona is paying attention to this circumstance.
The Catalan giants have reportedly identified the Senegalese teenager as a potential successor for Ousmane Dembele, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Catalan club would still like to keep Dembele in the club for the future.
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