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Barcelona Is Expected To Execute A U Turn And Extend Ousmane Dembeles Contract

According to rumours, Barcelona is planning to soften its stance on Ousmane Dembele following his injury at Euro 2020 by handing the France winger a new contract.
Last month, Sportsmail reported that Dembele, a PS124 million signing in 2017, had no ambitions to stay through the end of his current deal, with the LaLiga giants expecting to sell him when he left to play for France earlier this summer.
But, intentions for a summer transfer appear to have been thwarted by Dembele’s injury against Hungary during the tournament’s group stages, which has ruled the winger out until at least October after surgery.
Barcelona could do a sudden U-turn on Ousmane Dembele by offering the winger a new contract, according to Spanish daily Sport. The Catalan club is expected to offer the Frenchman a new contract in order to prevent losing him for free next summer.
According to the source, the Catalan club will aim to reach an agreement on a new contract before the winter, when Dembele will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Spain.
According to Sportsmail on Friday, Barcelona will meet with Dembele’s agent next week to discuss the player’s long-term future.
With the cash-strapped club in severe need of decreasing the pay bill after surpassing the LaLiga cost cap by more than 40%, a new deal might see a significant reduction in his current weekly compensation of PS212,000.
Dembele has struggled since his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund, and was expected to be allowed to depart last summer with Ronald Koeman dissatisfied.
Nevertheless, after scoring 11 goals in perhaps his greatest season at the Nou Camp, a new contract could mean he has a future at the club after all.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the club is thought to be in debt of PS1 billion, and news of Messi agreeing to a 50% wage reduction on a new five-year contract was leaked on Wednesday.
After talks with Atletico Madrid about a swap deal with midfielder Saul Niguez, Dembele has generally struggled since joining Barcelona. But, the Catalan club is eager to wipe Dembele’s compatriot Antoine Griezmann’s contract off their wage line.
Due to its enormous salary bill, Barcelona has also been unable to register their new players Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Memphis Depay.

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