Dembele's contract talks with Barcelona break down
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Dembele's contract talks with Barcelona break down

Contract negotiations between Ousmane Dembele and Barca have broken down, allowing the Frenchman to speak with other clubs in January.

Dembele is approaching the end of his contract, and while Barcelona have always stated publicly that the winger wishes to stay, Dembele has repeatedly put negotiations on hold.

Barcelona had wanted to receive a response from Dembele before the end of January, and  Gerard Romero asserts that they have had one, but it is not the one they desired.

The talks are understood to have ended in a deadlock, and Dembele now appears to be edging closer to the Camp Nou exit door.

Dembele and his agent have been disappointed by Barcelona's desire to reduce his wages, according to AS. While the winger has no objection to taking a pay cut to help the club's finances, he has been critical of the club's decision to spend £55 million and pay some decent wages to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City.

The 24-year-old believes the funds are available, and his agent has been informed of teams willing to pay him significantly more, which has helped contribute to the breakdown of negotiations.

Barcelona are expected to pursue a January sale of Dembele rather than wait for him to leave for free.

Dembele will have no shortage of suitors. Liverpool and Manchester United are frequently linked with the Frenchman, while Bayern Munich are believed to be keeping an eye on the situation as they struggle to agree to new terms with Kingsley Coman, a Barcelona target.

If Barcelona sells, they will incur a massive loss on the £135.5 million they paid Borussia Dortmund for Dembele in the summer of 2017.

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