Barcelona are reportedly willing to part ways with Ousmane Dembele for an incredibly low price of just £37 million this summer.
According to Sport, Barcelona are ready to offload Ousmane Dembele for a fee of just £37 million. The forward initially arrived in Catalonia back in 2017, in a whopping £130 million move from German giants Borussia Dortmund.
It is believed that Dembele’s stupendous £200,000 per week salary is playing a key role in Barca’s desperation of selling their star attacker. So essentially, the Catalans are looking to move on, replacing the Frenchman with targets such as former superstar Neymar.
The PSG attacker has constantly been linked with a return to Barcelona over the past 12 months. Neymar himself could be keen on putting an end to his career in the French capital, which has been partly ravaged by a series of unfortunate injuries.
Speaking of injuries, Dembele’s short spell at Barcelona has been nothing short of a tragedy either. In fact, the ex-Dortmund sensation has featured in only 74 competitive matches for the Blaugrana, only nine of which have come in the ongoing campaign.
The recurring hamstring problems, in particular, have often kept Dembele out on the sidelines As a result, Barcelona have continued to be over-reliant on the services of Lionel Messi especially with Luis Suarez also struggling with injuries and Antoine Griezmann taking time to adapt. Even youngster Ansu Fatu has enjoyed more game-time this season.
At the same time, however, Dembele is has no shortage of potential suitors, with a host of Premier League clubs, including league leaders and European champions Liverpool reportedly interested in his services.
England does indeed seem like a good option for the winger. But ideally, a return to France or even Germany could certainly bode well for Dembele at the moment. It goes without saying that he is more suited to a more tactical and much less fast-paced nature of football, thus giving him time to spread his magic on the ball.
As for Barcelona, the departure of Dembele should be good riddance. It could provide them with a significant financial boost amid the coronavirus crisis that has taken a massive financial toll on European football clubs.
In addition, the Catalans already targeting Lautaro Martinez, meaning creating space in the attacking department could be essential as they look to undergo a massive squad overhaul under Quique Setien this summer.