BARCELONA – Joan Laporta’s Barcelona is shaping its sporting plans for the future and once the renewal clause for youth squad Alex Collado has been executed, who will have a first-team record, and working to extend the permanence of other footballers from the subsidiary who are finishing this season as Jandro Orellana or Nico González, in addition to Óscar Mingueza who is already in the first squad, the urgent task of solving the future of Ousmane Dembélé, who has one year left on his contract and who he intends, has been revealed to ESPN a source of the Barça club, to renew in the long term.
The renewal of the 23-year-old French striker is a topic that he has been occupying at the Camp Nou for months but that was parked during the electoral campaign and that with the arrival of the new directive he has returned to the stage, understanding himself vital both from a plane sports as well as financial.
The plans of the Barça establish to present him a proposal of three seasons extendable to another two, adapting, yes, his starting salary to the difficult economic reality of the club. At the Camp Nou, the player is entrusted to attend to this effort, although it is not unknown to the fact that, with the proximity of the end of the contract, they may find themselves in a complicated negotiation, so in the case of not reaching an agreement In a suitable period (before the beginning of the next course), it would not be ruled out to put it on the market with the aim of preventing it from leaving for free in 2022. Although this scenario, today, is the last one contemplated.
Enjoying his best moment since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2017 and having left behind, or so it seems, all his physical mishaps and behavioral problems that weighed down his early years, Barcelona considers a continuity that Ronald Koeman personally supports to be transcendent. “Ousmane is an important player. His career has been very good and physically he has improved a lot.
“I think it has been the key to his consistency. If it’s because of me, of course I’d like him to stay ”, explained the Dutch coach on Monday, after the victory against Real Valladolid and discovering, without dissimulation, their plans in this regard.
Dembélé did not attend to the proposal of the old Josep Maria Bartomeu board in October, when the Barça club extended the contracts of Gerard Pique, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong at one stroke.
The situation is now observed differently in Barcelona, where apart from the renovation that is considered transcendental by Lionel Messi and waiting to start dealing with the future of Ilaix Moriba, which also ends in 2022, he wants to solve the future of a Dembélé that it has gone from disputed, and pointed out, to indisputable.