The ugly departure of Ousmane Dembélé from Barcelona to Paris Saint-German last summer has been revisited thanks to a new report from Cadena SER, which has added an interesting layer of detail to the background of why the French international went from dressing room favorite to activating a private release clause to leave the club for almost nothing.
The report claims that Barça never formally offered Dembélé a new deal as former sporting director Mateu Alemany and Ousmane’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, had a very poor relationship and were barely communicating before Alemany decided to leave the club. His replacement was Deco, which according to the report was the last straw for Sissoko and Dembélé.
Deco was an agent before joining Barça and one of his clients was Raphinha, who was signed by Barça two summers ago as a direct competition for Dembélé on the right wing. Sissoko essentially convinced Dembélé that Deco would play favorites and Raphinha would get more playing time than Ousmane this season, which pushed Dembélé to listen to PSG’s offer.
Deco, like Alemany before him, seemed content with seeing Dembélé leave and also made no effort to offer Ousmane a new deal once it became clear that PSG were ahead in the race. Things moved quickly from there, and Dembélé’s departure finally became official after a very public and ugly dispute between Barça and Sissoko regarding the split of Dembélé’s €50 million release clause.
Thankfully all of this mess is now in the past, and Dembélé seems very happy to play for one of the most historic clubs in Europe.
Just kidding, he’s getting paid a lot of money.