Following the expiration of his prior contract last month, Ousmane Dembele has now signed a new two-year contract extension with Barcelona.
The 25-year-old, whose initial contract with the Catalan giants expired at the end of last month, was momentarily a free agent but will now stay with the LaLiga leaders.
By agreeing to a new two-year deal with Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele has put an end to months of rumors about his future.
Over the past year, the Frenchman has repeatedly toyed with leaving because of a contract dispute.
Dembele’s most recent contract officially ran out at the end of June, making him theoretically a free agent and subject to interest from Chelsea.
However, after initially refusing to sign a deal, the winger has now committed to Camp Nou through the year 2024.
In 2017, Dembele moved to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a transaction that started at £96.8 million and could go up to £135.5 million.
In 150 games for the team, he has contributed 34 assists and 32 goals.
Although injuries have limited his time with Barcelona, he managed 13 assists and two goals in 32 games last season.
Dembele had been linked to several Premier League teams, including Chelsea and Paris St. Germain, the French champions.
Chelsea, who targeted the Frenchman this summer to help them expand their options in attack, will be severely hurt by the news.
Months of negotiations between the club and the player had failed to produce any progress.
Even though he was a free agent, Dembele received little attention from teams other than Chelsea, so he went back to Barcelona for more talks.
Since taking over the team from Ronald Koeman last season, boss Xavi has always placed the utmost importance on wingers. When other clubgoers wanted Dembele to leave, he tried to keep him.
Even though there were many at the club who wanted him benched in order to pressure him into signing a new contract, he insisted on playing him.
The Catalan giants, who received harsh criticism from fans for their introduction video, have now agreed and verified it on social media.
The paperwork for a new two-year contract was completed, and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano earlier today informed us on Twitter that the Catalan giants would disclose the news.
In January, Barcelona made a last-ditch effort to sell the 25-year-old after he turned down their most recent offer because of his high salary expectations.
After six months, 90min learns that the player has strangely consented to a significant pay cut in order to stay with the Blaugrana.
The French international will have his income slashed by an initial 40% under the new terms he has agreed to, and he has done so in the hopes of receiving a better offer in a year.
Barcelona has obtained a preliminary agreement to purchase Brazilian wide forward Raphinha from Leeds despite the fact that the club’s financial source is currently unknown.