Ousmane Dembele ‘is set to sign a new five-year deal with Barcelona NEXT WEEK’ with a pay cut despite being heavily linked with an exit… with the Frenchman making a U-turn on his future after impressing under Xavi
- Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could make a shock U-turn on his future
- He was linked with a transfer away from the club but is set to sign a new deal
- Dembele will reportedly sign for another five years and also take a pay cut
- The Frenchman has been convinced by Xavi’s project amid good performances
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is set to make a shock U-turn on his future and sign a new five-year deal as soon as next week, according to reports.
Dembele has struggled to perform at the Nou Camp under the weight of a £135million transfer fee paid to Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and has constantly been linked with an exit in recent years.
This season speculation he could depart has only ramped up – with reports the cash-strapped club are planning to cash in on him in January or use him in a swap deal – but an upturn in performances under Xavi has changed his tune and convinced him to stay, as per Spanish outlet Sport.
Ousmane Dembele is reportedly set to sign a new five-year deal with Barcelona next week
The Frenchman has been won over by Xavi’s project after a few impressive games under him
But Dembele is set to take a pay cut on his salary – understood to be around £200,000 a week – in order to help the club through their financial difficulties and prevent him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer.
His reduced salary will also allow Barcelona more wiggle room to sign new players and agree new contracts.
It was the player’s will that was key in conducting positive talks, with the 24-year-old won over by Xavi’s vision for the club.
Dembele has impressed in recent games since the Spaniard returned to the Nou Camp, providing an assist in each of the last two games. Xavi is said to be a huge fan of the player and wants to finally fulfil his potential.
Dembele had spent much of the season on the bench after being frozen out by Ronald Koeman
He could now form a major part of Barcelona’s squad going forward, with news that Manchester City winger Ferran Torres is set to sign in January for £55m.
Xavi’s faith in Dembele pales in comparison to the game time he was receiving when Ronald Koeman was in charge. He failed to play a single minute under the Dutchman, but has since featured in eight games – four of those coming in the starting line-up.
This week he was being mentioned as a possible makeweight in a swap deal for Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.