Digimagaz.com – In a surprising turn of events, Barcelona’s star winger Ousmane Dembele has expressed his desire to leave the Nou Camp and join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The 26-year-old, who joined Barcelona in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering £135 million, had previously shown interest in discussing a new contract with the club before his current deal expires in 2024.
Just a month ago, Dembele publicly stated his contentment at Barcelona, telling Marca in June that he was happy at the team and the city of Barcelona. He even hinted at the possibility of extending his contract until 2027. However, it appears that recent developments have led to a change of heart for the French winger.
Sky Sports News understands that the contract talks between Dembele and Barcelona have stalled, with little progress being made towards an extension. Concurrently, PSG has been actively pursuing Dembele as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who has refused to extend his contract with the Parisian club.
Reports indicate that PSG had been eyeing Dembele while the uncertainty surrounding Mbappe’s future was ongoing. Manager Luis Enrique identified Dembele as the ideal successor to the outgoing French star, leading the Paris club to make strong overtures towards the Barcelona winger.
Furthermore, rumors have circulated that Dembele’s name was proposed to PSG as part of a potential deal involving Mbappe. These rumors may have unsettled Dembele and contributed to his decision to request a move to Paris.
Despite Dembele’s desire to leave, his relationship with Barcelona’s manager, Xavi, remains strong. Xavi played a crucial role in the winger’s resurgence last season, after Dembele had a falling out with the club in January. Last season, Dembele impressed on the pitch, earning the moniker “Assist King” from Spanish media for his eight goals and nine assists in all competitions.
Publicly expressing his disappointment, Xavi acknowledges Dembele’s decision but also expresses his regret at losing such a talented player who had a significant impact on the team.
PSG has taken a proactive step to secure Dembele’s services, triggering a clause in his contract that grants them five days to negotiate his transfer with Barcelona.
As the transfer saga unfolds, fans and football enthusiasts eagerly await further developments in this intriguing move that could see Ousmane Dembele swapping the iconic Barcelona colors for the allure of Paris Saint-Germain.