Xavi ‘urges Ousmane Dembele to stay at Barcelona in last phone call’
Xavi ‘urges Ousmane Dembele to stay at Barcelona in last phone call’ before contract expires next week… Chelsea keen to bring winger to Stamford Bridge on free transfer this summer
- Ousmane Dembele’s contract at Barcelona is set to expire at the end of the month
- Thomas Tuchel would be keen to find the French international
- Xavi Hernandez is keen to keep the player at Barcelona beyond this summer
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has reportedly urged Ousmane Dembele to stay at the club this summer in a last ditch attempt to sign him to a new contract.
The French striker’s contract with the club expires at the end of the month but his immediate future is unclear, with a number of clubs said to be in the running for his signature while Barcelona figures try to do so stay in Catalonia.
According The TeamXavi made one last attempt to keep the player calling.
Ousmane Dembele has been contacted by Xavi in a last ditch attempt to keep him at the club
The manager is keen for Dembele to stay as the club look to find the funds to improve the squad in other areas.
According to the French publication’s report, Barcelona and Dembele failed to agree on a new deal due to their difference over salary demands.
The French striker is expected to want £15.5m a year after tax with Barcelona only willing to offer that pre-tax amount.
Dembele was signed by Barcelona last summer. Neymar left for Paris Saint Germain and his stay in Catalonia coincided with the club’s financial difficulties.
Xavi Hernandez is still keen on keeping Ousmane Dembele at the club beyond this summer
Since around 2020, the club has struggled to get the highest earners to cut their salaries in order to provide the club with some respite from their financial difficulties.
Xavi’s attempts to keep the player, however, are made more complicated by the number of clubs across Europe that are believed to be for the player.
Chelsea, under Thomas Tuchel, who coached the player at Borussia Dortmund, are said to be extremely interested in bringing the player to west London and, under new ownership, have the financial wherewithal to meet the high wage demands of the club. French international.
Meanwhile, PSG were also rumored to be in for the player at the start of the window, but their interest appears to have cooled.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly promised six new signings this summer – Ousmane Dembele is said to be a target.
It was thought that due to the rule which currently requires Barcelona to offload £4m for every £1m spent, they were ready to say goodbye to Dembele, but the manager seems to have other ideas.
Due to injuries, Dembele flattered to cheat on points during his five years at Barcelona but showed glimpses of the player whom the club rated so highly that they saw fit to pay around £120million for the player.
The saga looks set to rumble on, with Dembele appearing in no rush to make an immediate decision on where he will line up in August and beyond.