Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: New twist in the Dembélé soap opera?

Posted on November 25, 2021 at 5.30 p.m. by Dan Marciano

As FC Barcelona is busy behind the scenes to extend Ousmane Dembélé's contract, Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the situation and could seize any opportunity.

Away from the field in recent months, due to physical glitches, Ousmane Dembélé made his comeback in the Champions League when they met Benfica . Entering during the second half, the French international received praise from his new coach, Xavi, after the match: “He took risks, while he was not at 100 % restored. Others would have chosen not to play. There was a risk of relapse. He surprised me ”. The new strong man of FC Barcelona is counting on Dembélé and hopes to see him extend his contract in the coming weeks. “Dembélé, in his position, with work, he can be the best in the world. I have no doubts about his abilities, he is going to be a world cracker. Everything will depend on his mentality, we also have to take care of him, we have to help him, but there is no doubt, his extension is a priority for us, that's clear ”confided the technician during his presentation . Tied with the Blaugrana side until next June, the winger is said to have met Xavi recently to discuss his future in Catalonia. According to information from Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur and ESPN, FC Barcelona have offered him a five-year extension, until June 2026. Discussions continue behind the scenes between the different parties, but no full agreement has yet been reached. And for good reason, Dembélé's agent would have other plans for his client.

Manchester United ready to play the spoilsport

Ousmane Dembélé's agent, Moussa Sissoko would not take a dim view of his player's departure to England. It is for this reason that the negotiations are dragging on in this priority file for Joan Laporta , who already lost Lionel Messi last summer and who is trying to keep the strong elements of his group to straighten out the FC Barcelona brand. According to information from Mundo Deportivo, the Dembélé clan is actually waiting for a signal from Manchester United . To believe the Spanish media, but also Ekrem Konur , the Red Devils could guarantee a huge signing bonus to Ousmane Dembélé . For now, the Premier League side would be content to watch the situation, but an attack in the coming weeks is not ruled out. Certainly, Dembélé 's agent continues to make life difficult for Joan Laporta . During the last summer transfer window, Moussa Sissoko decided not to respond to the extension offer sent by FC Barcelona and to hide in silence. The Catalan president suspected him of waiting for a big offer from a big European club and of precipitating the departure of the French world champion, who nevertheless wanted to stay in La Liga according to the Spanish press. Bis repetita for the Catalan leader …

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