Ousmane Dembele is one of the most important attacking players at FC Barcelona, and his return from injury is expected to significantly bolster the club’s attack. However, to ensure his long-term presence at the club, his contract needs to be extended as soon as possible.
Dembele’s current contract with FC Barcelona runs up to 2024, and a report from SPORT claims that renewing the Frenchman is one of the priorities for the club in the upcoming transfer window.
Mateu Alemany, whose departure at the end of the season has been confirmed, has promised the club that he will oversee the operation before leaving the club at the end of June. The report further claims that FC Barcelona and Dembele’s agent have already been in contact for the player’s renewal.
The club considers Dembele to be one of the most important offensive players in their squad, and the player’s entourage has also communicated the player’s desire to remain at the club for a long time. However, despite the intentions of the two parties to remain committed to each other, the renewal operation is not as straightforward as it seems.
The club has a very narrow space to maneuver with their wage bill if they want to remain within the FFP confines. Still, the club will improve the terms of Dembele’s contract as they are happy with his performances, and want to reward him.
Mateu Alemany is thinking of offering a short contract to the player for now, which will extend his commitment with the club only for one or two more years. Furthermore, his release clause will also be kept low, in order to allow the player to leave easily if he feels the need to join a new club.
The feeling in the club about this operation is optimistic, and they expect the operation to conclude before 30th June.
Dembele feels important in the club and the locker room, and also has Xavi’s trust, which has kept him from considering the interest from other clubs like Bayern Munich, who have been reported to be interested in the winger recently.