Barcelona are looking to extend Ousmane Dembele’s contract with the club after impressing under Ronald Koeman this season.
Having struggled through tough times at Camp Nou, Dembele has earned Ronald Koeman’s trust in each of their last 15 league games, contributing four goals and two assists.
According to Sport, Dembele’s current contract expires in 2022 and to make sure they don’t lose him next summer, Barca are expected to offer the striker a deal that runs until 2025. It is understood that the La Liga club are looking to resolve the situation by then. and the end of the season. Any stumbling block regarding the extension will likely be due to Barcelona’s current economic situation caused by the pandemic and years of mismanagement of finances by the club.
In the event that Dembele is unwilling to stay and no deal is reached, Sport also reveal that the player will be placed in the transfer market this summer with a number of clubs reportedly eyeing the winger.
Dembele has cost Barcelona more than £ 120million but until this season it would have been fair to say he fell short of expectations at Camp Nou. If his future isn’t resolved soon, the already struggling financially strapped club face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer in just over a year, so cashing in this summer would make sense.
Injuries have been a problem throughout his career in Spain and have limited it to just 110 appearances for Barca. The discussion around his future has been brewing for a number of seasons now, but taking all of the above into account – it looks like this summer represents a crossroads for the club and Dembele.