There is no doubt that Barcelona have made a sensation U-turn over their stance on Ousmane Dembele and are now actively looking to convince the winger to extend his current contract which expires at the end of the season.
The meeting in Marrakech this week between sporting director Mateu Alemany and the agent Moussa Sissoko was set to become a pivotal part of Barca’s operation.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, the meeting was not meant to hold new discussions over Dembele’s contract, and the fans may need to wait a bit longer before the club can actively restart the negotiations.
Romano believes the meeting was held in order to improve the relationship between the two parties after a tumultuous January transfer window that saw Barça demanding Dembele to leave the club after holding out for a lucrative contract.
Club president Joan Laporta had even publicly insinuated that Dembele had agreed a pre-contract agreement with a new club, though it was not the case.
Three months later, the Frenchman has emerged as one of the shining lights of Barcelona under the leadership of Xavi. The forward has performed exceptionally well since the start of February and has registered one goal and eight assists in his last ten competitive outings.
Dembele himself is now open to penning an extension at Barça, but reports suggest he is still likely to hold out for a lucrative contract that could make the operation tricky for Barcelona.
Romano has confirmed there has been no agreement between the two parties over an extension. But they are set to schedule a new meeting soon, which could be highly consequential, as far as deciding the fate of the Frenchman is concerned.
Dembele has remained tight-lipped on his future and has delegated most of the work to his agent. The former Dortmund starlet is far more focused on Barcelona’s upcoming game against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he could play a crucial role, especially following Memphis Depay’s latest injury.