Barcelona fear that winger Ousmane Dembele has no interest in renewing his contract at the club and will depart on a free in the summer of 2022.
The Frenchman was one of several player the Catalans attempted to get toff their wage bill in the summer, in a bid to bring finances under control and fund a deal for Memphis Depay. However, the move was unsuccessful.
Manchester United were linked with a loan deal for the 23-year-old but Barça were in need of a permanent sale.
Now, just a couple of months on however, the situation has changed with the Catalans keen to extend Dembele's contract beyond 2022. Although, some have speculated that this is to perhaps save their hefty £136m investment rather than necessarily being a show of faith in the maverick wide man.
Dembele has started the Ronald Koeman era brightly despite notching just over 300 minutes of action in La Liga and the Champions League. In these two competitions thus far, the former Borussia Dortmund star has notched three goals and an assist.
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Despite the recent signs of a potential resurgence in Catalonia, Sport reports that the feeling out of Barcelona regarding Dembele and his contract situation is 'negative'.
Since the market closed, there has been contact with the player's representatives but La Blaugrana sense the Frenchman has no interest in renewing his current deal with his team holding off on dealing with the issue.
Barcelona fear Dembele will run his contract down at the club before departing on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, where he'll likely have plenty of suitors from Europe's elite should he stay injury-free.
The report notes that Barça 'will not have any position of strength' in regards to persuading Dembele to exit the club next summer so they can earn a fee for his sale. At this point, the Catalans have very little leverage over the 23-year-old.