Latest Barcelona News: According to rumours, Dembélé is leaving Barcelona to PSG because of money
French forward Ousmane Dembélé has bid farewell to FC Barcelona as he embarks on a new chapter in his football career with Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old player, known for his electrifying performances on the field and unique personality off it, has been caught in a clash between his own desires and the influence of his manager, Moussa Sissoko.
Dembélé’s journey at Barcelona has been anything but smooth. He was initially seen as a prodigious talent with great potential when he joined the club, but the management soon realized that his contractual arrangement was a ticking time bomb. The contract stipulated that if any club offered €50 million or more, Barcelona would be obligated to negotiate his transfer. This provision led to an intense struggle between Dembélé’s wishes and the demands of his manager.
Xavi Hernández, Barcelona’s coach, tried to play a guiding role in Dembélé’s life, hoping to become a mentor and an older brother figure for the talented forward. However, his influence was overshadowed by the strong sway of Moussa Sissoko, who wielded significant control over Dembélé’s career decisions.
The tipping point came when Dembélé’s contract renewal negotiations hit a snag. Sissoko demanded that his client be paid more than Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski. FC Barcelona rejected the initial offer, and Sissoko responded with a veiled threat. Despite subsequent attempts to reach an agreement, the club failed to respond adequately, leading to further tensions between the parties.
Last summer, with Dembélé on the verge of becoming a free agent, Barcelona made another offer, albeit a reduced one, to retain the Frenchman’s services. However, the proposed salary of €16 million, plus incentives, fell short of the mark set by Dembélé’s representatives. Sissoko accepted the offer reluctantly, but he made sure to include a release clause, believing that Dembélé’s contentment at Barcelona would prevent him from utilizing it.
Unfortunately, Sissoko’s hopes were dashed, and now FC Barcelona finds itself in a precarious position. With only 13 players registered and Gavi provisionally included in the squad, the club is grappling with financial difficulties. The inability to access the funds from the pending €60 million owed from the sale of Barça Studios further exacerbates their troubles.
As a result of the release clause, Dembélé has now chosen to leave the Camp Nou and join Paris Saint-Germain. The move has left Xavi Hernández bereft of his most unpredictable and influential player, one capable of sheer brilliance and unexpected mistakes within seconds. Barcelona had shown immense affection, economic commitment, and dedication to Dembélé, but these efforts proved insufficient to keep him at the club.