FC Barcelona cannot get rid of Ousmane Dembélé (24).
The Catalans have been relentless in trying to move the Frenchman to another club in the winter transfer window. In vain. Dembélé is still stubborn. he he he wants to stay despite the certainty that he will no longer play for Barça and will probably spend the remainder of his contract, which expires in the summer, in the stands.
In any case, he should not have missed those interested. This has been revealed by the president of the club, Joan Laporta (59), at a press conference. “We had two offers that would have come in handy,” he explained. “We also thought we had reached an agreement. We were very surprised that he didn’t accept one, especially the last one from an English club.”
Laporta explained that the Frenchman would be “in good hands” with the English club. “But he didn’t want to. He wants to stay here for the next six months. It doesn’t make any sense, neither for him nor for the club.” According to media reports, Tottenham Hotspur showed interest recently. It is not known if the English had made an offer. PSG are also said to have been in the running.
Dembélé receives a princely salary of around ten million euros a year from the LaLiga club. Thus, the financially strapped Spaniards would have liked to see him removed from the payroll after he rejected all previous offers of contract extensions.
So why didn’t Dembélé leave Barça in the winter? Laporta suspects that the 2018 French world champion has long been in agreement with a club. “We think he has an agreement with another club,” he said. So Dembélé couldn’t change anything because he’s been at another club for a long time?
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There had previously been reports in Italy that Dembélé had agreed a free transfer with Juventus in the summer. When Barca publicly announced in January that the attacking star was to look for a new club, rumors about Manchester United quickly surfaced. Probably the “Red Devils” wanted to sign him. However, only on the condition that he signs for more than half a year. There was no change. Why does Dembélé go to Juve in the summer?
The fact is that the great loser of all history is Barça. The club has to continue paying the salary for another six months and let the player go in the summer without paying a euro.
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