Barcelona and Dembele have been in negotiations over a new contract for many months. The Frenchman’s previous deal expired on the final day of June and he’s technically a free agent.
Dembele joined Barcelona in the summer of 2017 from Borussia Dortmund as part of the package designed to replace Paris Saint-Germain-bound Neymar Junior. But he failed to replicate the form that earned him the move and suffered never-ending injuries.
But toward the end of the 2021/22 season, working under Xavi Hernandez, he showed what he can do when he’s fully fit. He provided two goals and 13 assists across 32 appearances for Barcelona that year – in total he’s provided 32 and 34 across 150.
A fit and firing Dembele would be a serious asset for Barcelona next season as they try to cut the 13 point gap that currently exists between themselves and reigning champions Real Madrid.
Laporta on Ousmane Dembélé: “If he wants to stay, he has to accept our final bid – otherwise he will leave. There’s no deadline”. 🚨🇫🇷 #FCB
“We want Ousmane to continue but now depends on him. He has not accepted current proposal but he’s open”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 6, 2022