FC Barcelona looking to retain Ousmane Dembélé

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Barcelona have seemingly changed their stance on Ousmane Dembélé following the forward’s injury at Euro 2020.

According to Sport, Barcelona were planning to sell Dembélé when he took off for the summer with France to play in the Euro 2020. However, yet another injury threw a spanner in the works. He is due for a surjury on the affected knee. This sidelines him for four months till October.

Sport has also reported that Barcelona will alter their stance on Dembélé. They are fully intent on keeping the ex-Dortmund star. Dembélé is out of contract next summer, which means he becomes a free agent in less than a year.

Discussions are planned with Dembélé’s agent to determine where his future ultimately lies. Barcelona want him to renew and they believe he can still fulfil the potential that saw the club splash out £124,000,000 on him in 2017.

Having signed the 24-year-old for a staggering fee, the Spanish giants are reluctant to lose him on a free transfer. Dembélé has largely struggled since his move from Dortmund. Ronald Koeman has be unconvinced of him and he was thought to be allowed to leave last summer.

Nonetheless, he managed to net 11 times last season. This was arguably his best season at the Camp Nou so far. A new deal could potentially mean he still has a future at the club.

Given Barcelona’s current situation, it is very likely he might accept a reduced salary. A new deal could see a heavy reduction to the reported £212,000-per-week the Frenchman is currently on.

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