The Catalans have not been able to use Dembélé as much as they wanted to since signing him from Borussia Dortmund due to long-term injuries.
With his contract almost up, Barcelona do not want to lose him on a free transfer. But it’s hard to justify paying a lot of money to the winger when the blaugrana are in a financial crisis.
So, Mateu Alemany, Barcelona’s CEO, has come up with a compromise. The club will pay him when he reaches a set number of matches played, meaning that the more he plays, the more he gets. Of course, if he does not play, then he will not get as much money.
The exact number of games required to trigger the clause was not stated, but it was said to be much lower than 30 or 40 games. It would be expected that he would hit the number many times during a single season. If he were to play a lot, he would not earn less than he previously he had. And with additional performance-based bonuses, Dembélé could even earn more than he currently does.
The question is whether the winger himself will accept this challenge, or whether he will opt for a deal that gives him more guaranteed money.