Barcelona hopes to resolve the future of its French international winger Ousmane Dembele by the end of this year, according to Matteo Alemani, sporting director of the Catalan club, on Saturday.
Dembele’s contract expires at the end of the season and while coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed the player wants to stay, there is no sign of the France star’s future being settled.
According to press reports, Dembele is receiving the attention of several clubs, knowing that the former star of Borussia Dortmund has the right to leave at the end of the season in a free transfer deal.
But Alemani expressed his confidence in Barcelona’s ability to renew the contract of Dembele, 24, who joined the team in 2017 for 105 million euros.
Alemani told Barcelona’s official television station on Saturday: “We have been following this file for a while and always striving to reach an agreement, because he wants to stay and this gives us a lot of confidence. We are at a crucial moment. We hope that all matters will be resolved at the end of the year.”
And if Dembele’s contract is renewed, Barcelona will come closer to violating the financial fair play regulations, after his debts exceeded the one billion and 200 million euros barrier, which prompted him to reduce the players’ wage ceiling, and the team also lost the efforts of its historical scorer Lionel Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain.
But Alemani confirmed that there is a plan to avoid violating the financial fair play regulations, with the possibility of concluding new contracts next month.