Barcelona have reopened talks with Ousmane Dembele over a contract extension, with sources confirming to ESPN that sporting director Mateu Alemany is assembly with the ahead’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, in Morocco this week.
Alemany arrived in Marrakech on Monday and can stay there till Tuesday to barter a possible new deal for Dembele, whose present phrases are resulting from expire on the finish of June.
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Talking on Sunday, Alemany had hinted that Barca had modified their stance on Dembele, who that they had advised to discover a new membership as not too long ago as January.
“For us, he can keep so long as [any agreement] stays throughout the membership’s sustainable wage restrict and is proportionate to his teammates,” Alemany stated forward of Barca’s 1-0 win over Sevilla, which noticed them climb to second in LaLiga.
It marks a exceptional turnaround from three months in the past, when Dembele was ignored of Barca’s squad for back-to-back matches and notified that he ought to discover a new membership earlier than the tip of the January switch window.
On the time, president Joan Laporta insinuated that he believed Dembele had signed a pre-contract settlement with one other membership, with Paris Saint-Germain and a bunch of English golf equipment all linked with the French worldwide.
Nonetheless, sources near the participant have at all times maintained that to not be the case, even suggesting that Dembele’s precedence has at all times been to stay at Camp Nou.
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Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has performed a key position within the altering circumstances. He restored Dembele to the facet in January, regardless of different voices throughout the membership preferring to go away him within the stands as his contract runs down.
Dembele has responded on the pitch, with one purpose and eight assists in his final 10 appearances for Barca in all competitions. That has ensured that he’s not whistled by his personal supporters, as was the case when he first returned to the facet in February because of the stalemate over his contract.
Sources clarify that Xavi has been impressed by Dembele’s work ethic, given earlier experiences suggesting an absence of professionalism, and has been pushing behind the scenes for the membership to increase his phrases.
When negotiations broke down in January, there was a giant distinction between what the membership was providing and what the participant’s camp was asking for. Barca hope this week’s assembly will serve to shut the hole.
In the meantime, Barca may even meet with defender Ronald Araujo‘s camp within the coming days, as first reported by ESPN final month.
Araujo, 23, is out of contract in 2023 and sources have advised ESPN he has larger provides on the desk from Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool, however he says his desire is to stay at Barca.
“We’re engaged on [a new deal],” the Uruguay worldwide advised reporters after the Sevilla recreation. “There are [more] conferences this week and I hope it’s resolved quickly as a result of I need to keep at this membership for a few years.”
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