Less than 24 hours after passionately celebrating an El Clasico goal for FC Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele appears dangerously close to leaving the club.
The rumour has been in the air for a while now, but many believed that the Frenchman was content in Catalonia.
Now, however, PSG are prepared to shell out his €50 million release clause and will even negotiate with Barcelona if they fail to convince the player before.
According to reports from Sport Italia, Barcelona have already come to terms with the star’s imminent exit and are working on the next step.
Their focus, at the moment, is finding a replacement for the French sensation.
A subpar transfer fee
In a world filled with inflation and bloated price tags, Barcelona somehow regularly end up on the worse side of player sales.
They seldom get sufficient monetary compensation for the players they release, and the same appears set to happen with Dembele.
The winger is currently valued at €60 million considering his form and is worth significantly more when fully fit.
Yet, Barcelona will only recoup €50 million from his departure which is a steep fall from the €105 million they paid Borussia Dortmund for his acquisition.
Nevertheless, his exit would free up considerable space on the wage bill. The newfound space on the roster could help Barcelona in the pursuit of their dream targets.
Barcelona to go ‘in war’ with PSG
According to journalist Helene Condis, PSG formally approached Barcelona already, and asked to negotiate with the 26-year-old winger.
However, Barcelona’s reply was that the player is non-transferable, while PSG referred to his release clause of €50m.
Currently, sources from Barcelona claim that if PSG activate Dembélé’s release clause, they will start a ‘war’ with the Parisien club.
Barcelona have two potential replacements
Barcelona have been strongly linked with two names over the past month: Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix.
However, both were deemed unfeasible as the club could not afford the transfer fee.
The incoming funds from Dembele’s move will give Joan Laporta more leeway to negotiate with the stars.
After all, both players dream of wearing the garnet-and-blue colours next season.
Manchester City ask €80 million for Bernardo Silva, and their negotiations with Barcelona will run deep into the window if the Portuguese international is to arrive.
Xavi values Silva highly and sees him as the perfect fit for the existing setup.
Felix provides a more unorthodox solution to the problem. The Atletico Madrid star is a second striker by trade, and signing him as a replacement for Dembele would be a gamble.
However, negotiations would be easier considering the player is in an open war with his employers.