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Dembele could have left Barcelona for free due to a special clause in contract – report

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As Ousmane Dembele’s transfer to PSG edges closer, more and more details of the operation are coming to light in the media.

Only a while ago, Fabrizio Romano reported that PSG will sign Dembele from Barcelona for a fee of €50 million by activating a ‘private’ clause.

The Italian further claimed that Barça would not receive the entire €50 million fee and some portion of it could end up with the player and his representative.

Barcelona authorise Dembele to complete PSG move

Now, a fresh report from Santi Aouna has claimed that Barcelona have officially authorised Dembele to reach an agreement with PSG and take the next step towards the completion of the transfer.

Personal terms are unlikely to be an issue, with certain outlets already claiming that a verbal agreement is already in place between the Frenchman and the Ligue 1 champions.

It has been reported that the 26-year-old would be signing a five-year contract with the Parisians which could see him earn around €20 million per season.

Dembele could have left for free

Dembele could have left for free. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the update from Aouna also adds that if Barcelona had not given their official approval for Dembele by the end of the day today, the Frenchman could have left the club for free.

Indeed, the journalist states that Barcelona had until today to give their authorization. After this period, the winger has a special clause in his contract that would allow him to terminate his contract and walk away from the club for free.

While the veracity of these claims remains uncertain, such a situation would have been very unfavourable for the Blaugrana.

Given how vital Dembele has been in Xavi’s setup, his departure will certainly come as a blow, but losing him for no transfer fee would have made it much worse.

For now, the Catalans stand to receive more than €25 million from his exit.

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