The latest round of contract negotiations between Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona has broken down, allowing the Frenchman to talk to other clubs in January.
Dembele is approaching the last six months of his contract, and while Barcelona have always publicly stated that the winger wants to renew, Dembele himself has repeatedly pushed back the negotiations.
Barcelona had hoped to get an answer from Dembele before January. Gerard Romero claims that they have had one, but it is not the one they were hoping for.
The talks are considered to have ended without a solution, and now Dembele seems to be getting closer to the exit door at Camp Nou.
AS notes that Dembele and his agent have become frustrated with Barcelona’s desire to lower his salaries. Although the winger has no problem accepting a cut to help the club’s finances, he has not been impressed by the decision to invest £ 55 million and some high salaries to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City.
The 24-year-old believes that the money is there and that his agent has become aware of teams that are willing to pay him a significantly higher salary, and this has contributed to the negotiations breaking down.
Barcelona are expected to sell Dembele in January, rather than waiting for him to leave for free.
There will be no shortage of suitors for Dembele. Liverpool and Manchester United are often linked with the Frenchman, while Bayern Munich are also believed to be monitoring the situation as they struggle in the negotiations with Kingsley Coman – a goal for Barcelona.
Should Barcelona sell, they will make a huge loss on the £ 135.5 million they paid to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund as early as the summer of 2017.
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