Ousmane Dembele will be at the forefront of the French attack as Les Bleus take on Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.
The Barcelona winger has been one of the top performers for the French setup this campaign, with his contributions proving to be key, especially in the absence of players such as Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku.
Naturally, one would expect Dembele’s price to increase due to his performances in the World Cup. But in the case of the Barcelona forward, it is set to decrease in the coming summer.
That is because Dembele has a release clause worth €100 million right now. But it will reduce by 50% by at the end of the season, potentially causing problems for Barcelona, with the Frenchman unlikely to have any shortage of takers next summer.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are not worried about Dembele’s reducing release clause as they believe the player wants to continue at Camp Nou. As such, there is room for negotiations for a second renewal.
Dembele’s release clause situation has led to interest from Chelsea, while PSG, who were keen on signing him last summer, have him on their radars again. At the same time, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves are said to be keeping tabs on the 25-year-old as well.
Dembele’s current contract at Camp Nou expires in the summer of 2024. But Barça believe the player is committed to the project and is happy with his life under the tutelage of Xavi, who has played a key role in transforming his career.
Another renewal for Dembele could mean a higher salary than what has been currently offered by the club.
There were doubts that the Frenchman may even seek a January exit due to his low wages at Camp Nou. But it appears Barça are prepared to resolve the situation and fend off other parties by offering the player another contract
So, it will not come as a surprise to see the former Borussia Dortmund starlet continue his progress at Camp Nou in the years to come despite the interest from Premier League and Ligue 1.