Barcelona Set to Tie Ousmane Dembele Down to New Deal
Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele are a step away from finding a total agreement over the player's new deal at Camp Nou.
According to Fabrizio Romano, only final details are missing as the Frenchman gets closer to committing his long-term future to the La Liga powerhouse.
For months, a long-running saga involving Dembele's contractual situation in Catalonia has been making headlines as the winger was initially against pledging his future to Barcelona.
After failing to come to terms with the Blaugrana, the 25-year-old became a free agent earlier this month despite the club's continuous attempts to tie him down to a new deal.
Months of negotiations seem to have finally come to fruition as the former Borussia Dortmund ace prepares to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract in Spain.
However, the Barcelona chiefs have the final say on this. They have yet to give the go-ahead, probably in response to being bullied by Dembele's representatives for quite a while.
Xavi Hernandez's appointment as the Blaugrana boss midway through last season has heavily benefitted the winger's rise to stardom at Camp Nou following years of suffering.
Dembele's stellar performances under Xavi convinced the club to negotiate his extension in the first place.
But the player's hesitance on signing a new deal could now backfire on him as the Catalans' pursuit of Leeds United star Raphinha starts to pick up momentum.
The Brazilian's name features Barcelona's list of priorities close to the top, yet a lack of financial muscle continues to throw a spanner in the works.
Unless the Spaniards come up with the money soon, the former Sporting Lisbon man could soon end up joining Chelsea instead.