The Barça resigns with Dembélé

Ousmane Dembélé, during a game this season. / Brett Hemmings (Eff)

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The Catalans will not raise their offer and will wait for the final decision of the French footballer, whose contract ends on June 30

Seven days. That is the time that Ousmane Dembélé has left as a Barcelona player. The French attacker experiences, less than a week before his contract expires, endless phone calls between which he must decide. Stay or pack, that is the question. The culés have already presented him with their last offer, the definitive one, and they are waiting for the soap opera they have suffered for months to end once and for all. The ball is now in the player's court.

“If you want to stay you must accept the offer. If not, you have to go." That's how resounding Xavi Hernández was in the last conversation he had with Dembélé. The Tarrasa coach has never hidden his desire for the Frenchman to continue in the Barça squad and he has made it known to both the player and the board of directors chaired by Joan Laporta. That is the main reason why Barça still maintains the proposal that has been firm since the end of 2021. The club is committed to the continuity of the former Borussia Dortmund player and will maintain its offer until the final decision.

If Dembélé decides to stay at Barcelona, ​​he will have to do so by accepting a significant salary reduction. Not even the famous levers that were activated last week have made the culé club raise an offer that for the player's agent, Moussa Sissoko, is insufficient. Barça offered the footballer an amount close to eight million euros per season plus a bonus, figures that are already close to the ten 'kilos' that the player currently receives per course, but which are still far from what the great cracks charge worldwide, where Sissoko hopes to bring his client closer with his next contract.

Given this scenario, the auction has already begun and has three European giants such as Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain waiting for the player's decision. Londoners are the ones who start with an advantage. The 'blues' have Thomas Tuchel, the coach who got the best performance out of Dembélé at Borussia Dortmund, and offer the winger a project in which he can feel like a protagonist in one of the most important showcases in world football such as the Premier League. The entity that is now chaired by Bruce Buck, founder of a prestigious law firm, has been after the player for some time and only the indecision of the Mosquito could make them consider incorporating him.

The other two candidates remain in the rear. PSG was the team that was previously interested as a possible replacement in the face of a possible departure of Kylian Mbappé, something that ultimately did not occur and that has caused him to lose steam in the negotiations. Finally, Bayern is the club that can offer the footballer the most in the economic section and is looking for an attacker who can provide Julian Naggelsman's team with that extra to fight for the Champions League again. If Dembélé would reunite with Tuchel at Chelsea, here he would do it with a Bundesliga that saw him grow and from which he left scoring ten goals and dishing out 20 assists in a single season.

Plan B, activated

Barça is aware that it cannot rely on all its options in this Dembélé à la carte transfer market and that is why it is working on the option of incorporating another footballer in case the Frenchman finally ends up leaving the club. Adama Traoré is already history, Trincao is not part of the club's plans and the arrival of a winger is a priority. This is how Xavi has made it known and the club has already made a move to incorporate Raphinha, a 25-year-old Leeds player who scored eleven goals last year in the Premier League, and Ángel Di María, a cheaper option since his relationship ends with PSG on June 30 and would arrive free.

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