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Barcelona are in contract renewal talks with Ousmane Dembélé

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Nowadays, footballers’ fortune can change in a flash. Just weeks ago, Ousmane Dembélé practically had one foot out of Barcelona but now, the media are convinced the very opposite to be true.

According to a new report from ESPN and their sources, the Catalans are already in contract renewals with the French winger and are also confident about reaching a deal. Just a reminder that the player’s current contract is set to expire in 2022 so next year was essentially the last year Barcelona could hope to make some money from a potential sale.

And a sale was very much on their minds until recently. The same source states, however, that Manchester United have not yet given up on Dembélé and are still monitoring the situation.

Barcelona are also aware of their intentions but are not overly worried since the negotiations with the Frenchman are going quite well so far. Recently, Ronald Koeman has been giving the youngster a lot more game time, which has come as a result of his hard work and dedication.

Of course, whenever he’s actually been on the pitch, Dembélé has been heavily influential, just as was the case in Barcelona’s mid-week Champions League clash against Ferencváros. But there’s one more motif for them to extend the player’s contract, as ESPN note.

By giving him a new deal, the Catalans are ensuring his market value doesn’t drop. As we already know, next summer he will move into the final year of his contract and with that in mind, he may very well walk away for free.

Needless to say, that would be an incredible deficit for the club since they’ve splashed around €105M for him back in 2017. But of course, with Dembélé finally starting to prove the doubters wrong, Barcelona see him as a great asset for the future.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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