Barcelona hope for Dembele contract resolution before 2022

Barcelona hope to have clarity on the future of Ousmane Dembele by the end of this year, sporting director Mateu Alemany said on Saturday.

The winger’s contract expires at the end of the season and, while head coach Xavi has insisted the player wants to stay, there has been no sign of an imminent new deal.

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Clubs including Newcastle United, now bankrolled by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium, have been linked with January bids for the France international, who would be free to leave for nothing at the end of the campaign.

However, Alemany appears confident Barca will be able to keep the 24-year-old, who was signed in 2017 for an initial €105million following Neymar’s world-record €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We’ve been at this for a long time, always with the will to find an agreement, because his idea is to stay and that gives us a lot of confidence,” Alemany said to Barca TV.

“We’re at a key moment. We hope everything will be cleared up by the end of the year.”

Any new deal for Dembele would push Barca closer to breaching financial fair play regulations, with debts of more than €1.2billion having forced them to plan for this season with a greatly reduced salary cap.

However, Alemany says plans are in place to ensure they stay within parameters, insisting it will be possible for new signings to be made next month.

“There are several options in place to stay within financial fair play, and we’re working on signings. We’ve worked on this with the coach,” he said.

“We know what he wants, what he needs and what he has. And we’re clear about what the market can provide. We’re keen to secure departures and arrivals.”

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Author: XenBet