Juan Laporta is facing an unexpected betrayal, and it could happen soon. Because Barcelona risks losing one of its biggest stars in the winter market, without waiting for the season to end.
The only thing they can do is pray that this does not happen, and Mathieu Alemany has already begun the moves to try and retain the player in question who has received an irresistible offer to turn around.
The protagonist of this story is Ousmane Dembele who was on the verge of leaving just a few months ago. His contract was due to expire in June, and all indications were that he would be moving on.
Because relations with management were completely torn, and he and his representative were determined to pack their bags. But everything changed at the last moment, thanks to the appearance on the scene of Xavi Hernandez.
The Catalan coach became obsessed with Dembele’s continuity, and made his renewal a priority, even before any new deal. He promised him a central role in his schemes, and a project capable of fighting for all the titles, which caused him to end up staying, as he didn’t receive more attractive offers either. But he set a condition to extend his contract: a low termination clause (50 million euros), and signing for only two years.
On the other hand, the former Borussia Dortmund and Rennes player accepted a significant salary cut, which Laporta demanded. However, they can now see how he ended up leaving so soon after signing the new contract, after the establishment seemed willing to shell out €50m on the occasion of his release. We are referring to Paris Saint-Germain, the archenemy of Barcelona.
They could deal another killing blow to the Blaugrana, after grabbing Neymar Jr and Leo Messi in the past, although this time the player chosen will be Dembele.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi in contact with Dembele during the Qatar World Cup
Nasser Al-Khelaifi regrets not signing Dembele in the summer, when he had the chance to do so and for nothing at all. But he listened to the advice of Luis Campos and his two men, who totally advised against hiring him.
Now, PSG want to right their mistake, and are preparing €50m to sign the 25-year-old winger. Barcelona is confident that he will stay, and that Xavi will convince him again, but his threat to end up at PSG is real.
Source: El Nacional