Barcelona running out of time to persuade Ousmane Dembele to stay
Barcelona are running out of time to persuade Ousmane Dembele to stay as no progress is made after the winger’s agent flew to Spain to meet Xavi – with cash-strapped club unable to offer improved terms to Chelsea target
- Barcelona have yet to make progress in contract talks with Ousmane Dembele
- The winger’s current deal is set to expire, with Chelsea interested in signing him
- Barcelona boss Xavi is determined to keep Dembele but time is running out
Barcelona are running out of time to convince Ousmane Dembele to stay after their latest efforts brought more frustration.
Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko travelled to Barcelona on Monday morning for another meeting to discuss a potential contract extension after previous offers had been turned down.
With Barca coach Xavi pushing for an agreement, Sissoko made the trip having previously made it clear that no agreement could be reached under the current conditions.
Barcelona have still yet to persuade winger Ousmane Dembele to sign a new contract
Xavi even interrupted his holidays to ensure he was present at the meeting as he has made the France international his priority for the right wing position.
However, no progress was made as Barcelona once again underlined their difficulty in making an improved offer due to financial constraints.
Barcelona manager Xavi is eager to have Dembele as part of his plans for next season
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is interested in signing the winger on a free transfer this summer
They are still unable to register Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie due to FFP and La Liga salary cap regulations, despite having agreed to sign both as free agents from Chelsea and AC Milan respectively. New negotiations are now understood to be taking place to reformulate their contracts to try and free Christensen and Kessie to play.
Dembele plans to decide his future imminently with several clubs, including Chelsea, interested.
Barca want to take a few days to evaluate potential ways to offer better conditions and give themselves the chance to find an agreement but the player is adamant he will look elsewhere if the club is unable to improve their proposal by the end of this week.
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