Ousmane Dembele ‘demands £66.9m package to stay at Barcelona with Frenchman angered by Ferran Torres’s arrival and links to Erling Haaland’… but club view request as ‘CRAZY’
- Ousmane Dembele has tabled fresh demands to stay on board at Barcelona
- The 24-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and he will walk away for free
- Dembele is reportedly angered by Ferran Torres’s arrival and Erling Haaland links
- He has demanded a £66.9m package but Barcelona view this as ‘crazy’
Ousmane Dembele has reportedly demanded a ‘crazy’ salary package worth up to €80million (£66.9m), with the Frenchman angered by recent developments at Barcelona.
The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and just last week he was reportedly prepared to take a pay-cut to stay on board, having been convinced to remain in Catalonia by new boss Xavi.
However, according to reports in Spain, talks have frozen as a result of a change of heart by Dembele, caused by recent moves made by Barcelona.
Ousmane Dembele has demanded a ‘crazy’ package to stay on at Barcelona beyond this year
Sport claims that the former Borussia Dortmund star was not impressed by the £55million arrival of Ferran Torres from Manchester City. The Spaniard can play on the wing and would pose a direct threat to Dembele’s place in the team.
Torres’ arrival also onset doubts about the reasons behind Barcelona’s desperation for Dembele to extend his deal. Having previously been convinced by Xavi that he is part of his plans, fears have grown that the club want him to re-sign just so that they can sell him for a big fee in the summer.
As was reported last week, Dembele is also unhappy with Barcelona pleading poverty and asking him to take a pay-cut, despite being linked with a mega-money move for Erling Haaland.
The 24-year-old’s contract expires next summer but talks with the club have hit an obstacle
Dembele is unhappy with the signing of Ferran Torres (above) and links with Erling Haaland
Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently said that the club are ‘back’ and can compete with their rivals for big-name signings, and those sentiments have added to Dembele’s confusion about his negotiations with the club.
As a result, he has tabled fresh demands if the club wishes to keep him on board. Sport suggests that Dembele wants a €30m (£25.1m) signing bonus, €15m (£12.5m) to be given to his representatives in fees plus €35m (£29.3m) in wages over the duration of his new contract.
Barcelona reportedly view those demands as ‘crazy’ and the club may be left to rue not signing Dembele to fresh terms on a reduced wage before landing Torres, who cannot be registered yet due to LaLiga salary cap rules.