French winger Ousmane Dembele has no intention of sating longer at FC Barcelona when his current deal expires.
According to CAT Radio, negotiations between the club and the player's representatives have hit a snag with the Catalonia giants now willing to put the player on the market in order to avoid his departure on a free transfer if an agreement is not reached.
Barcelona however is not giving up the former Dortmund man on a longer contract but they have decided to shelve his issue for now as they seek to work on Lionel Messi’s contract.
Dembele has become one of the key components of Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side since returning from an injury with Barca now being the favorite to win the Laliga title. The 23-year old’s current contract ends in June of 2022, and Barcelona will look to avoid a free transfer at all costs.
The winger has been deemed as one of the expendable players last summer in order to free up funds due to his niggling injuries but coach Koeman has previously stated that he would want to retain the player.
“I want Dembélé to stay, he is an important player. Today, he has shown that with his game and goal. He has physically improved and has been able to play a lot of games,” the Dutchman said.
European giants Liverpool and Juventus are reportedly following the player’s proceedings at Barca and would like to pounce on any chance should Barca put him on the market.