Despite multiple links that suggested otherwise, Ousmane Dembélé is set to stay at Barcelona this season. The newest reports state the Frenchman won’t be joining Manchester United on deadline day!
The Catalans have been chasing a couple of targets of their own but it all depended on making the exits happen first. However, the most recent updates coming from France state Dembélé is focused on finishing the season with the Azulgranas.
Of course, we are yet to hear Ronald Koeman’s thoughts on the matter. As we know, the Dutchman openly admitted that no one’s future is certain and anything could still happen on deadline day.
But if the reports from France are to be believed, Dembélé will stay at Barcelona for at least the 2020/21 campaign. So far, he hasn’t exactly been used too much by the new coach so it remains to be seen how this update affects Koeman’s plans.
Being among Barça’s biggest transfers in the history of the club, a lot of pressure is on him to finally show his worth. Of course, with his stint in Catalonia being marred by injuries, he hasn’t been able to shine – or play – at all. But this could be the chance he was waiting for.
So far, he’s been behind Ansu Fati in the pecking order and it’s unlikely that changes soon. That is, of course, not necessarily a criticism of his ability but rather a compliment of Fati’s.
Dembélé staying can still be a positive for Barcelona. Now it’s up to Koeman to find a place for him in the team. It does exist but it remains to be seen what happens next.
Excting times are ahead.
Source: Mohamed Bouhafsi
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.