Ousmane Dembele’s future continues to dominate headlines in Spain amid speculation the Frenchman is set to leave today and join PSG.
The French champions are thought to be ready to activate Dembele’s €50 million release clause before midnight when it reverts back to twice that amount,
RAC1 are now reporting that Dembele’s agent has contacted Barca to ask the Catalans to negotiate a deal with PSG.
The report reckons Dembele wants to leave on good terms (might be a bit late for that) and is hoping a fee can be agreed, rather than his exit clause simply being activated.
Fabrizio Romano also reckons that Dembele is hoping the two clubs can sit down and talk.
Ousmane Dembélé has just asked Barça for formal ‘permission’ to negotiate with PSG— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 31, 2023
Dembélé wants to follow all the correct steps.
⚠️ There’s still feeling this could not be done in time to activate La Liga €50m clause in 9h — but trying to agree with different ways. pic.twitter.com/WVQaFsxc9P
It remains to be see how that will go down at Barca. It’s thought the club are pretty angry about the whole situation and have all but given up hope of Dembele staying.
Yet Barca would surely like a bigger fee if Dembele were to leave. As things stand, they will receive just €25m if PSG activated his clause, representing a massive loss on the forward.
They may be hopeful of landing a bigger fee too. Time is running out if PSG are to get a deal done today, meaning there are some crucial hours coming up in this transfer saga.