Xavi asks Barcelona hierarchy to make final effort to keep Ousmane Dembele amid Chelsea interest
Xavi PERSONS with Barcelona hierarchy to make one last attempt to keep Ousmane Dembele as the winger’s contract expires and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel loves to reunite with the French star
- Xavi has asked the Barcelona hierarchy to try winger Ousmane Dembele . to keep
- The French winger’s contract with Barcelona expires at the end of this month
- Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with the 25-year-old
- Xavi and coaching staff fear they may miss out on some of their desired signings
Barcelona coach Xavi has asked the club’s hierarchy to make one last-ditch effort to keep Ousmane Dembele.
The France international has been impressing his boss since January and remains Xavi’s main target to maintain his position on Barcelona’s right wing.
Sportsmail understands that Xavi and his coaching staff fear they could miss out on some of their desired purchases as they wait for the club to finalize the sale of their marketing licenses and merchandise assets plus TV rights.
Xavi has asked the Barcelona hierarchy to make one last attempt at winger Ousmane Dembele . to keep
Dembele remains Xavi’s main target to keep Barcelona’s right wing position
The worry is that with time running out and rivals circling, they will lose the chance to reinstate Dembele, who will be out from July 1, or another proven winger, such as Leeds United’s £60million-valued Raphinha, who is now talking to Arsenal. to contract.
While a four-year contract for the exciting 17-year-old Gavi is finalized, Barca have also told 20-year-old Abde that he will play a part in their first team plans for next season. Also the sale, like that of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United, has become the priority, so that all funds are pushed forward to help Joan Laporta fulfill his promise to take over Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.
Xavi has informed the Barcelona hierarchy, including President Joan Laporta, of his desire to have Dembele. to keep
With money going towards a transfer for Robert Lewandowski, Barca have little left for a winger
The Barca president had also hoped to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City – possibly in a trade for de Jong – but that is highly unlikely as Pep Guardiola wants the Portuguese midfielder to stay on as talks progress for City to sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds. †
With money going into a second bid for Lewandowski this week, Barca have little left to deliver a winger. Xavi knows that a contract for Dembele would make economic sense as Raphinha appears to be out of reach financially.
Dembele, 23, is interested in clubs such as Chelsea and Paris St Germain, but talks with those clubs have yet to take place as he waits to see if Barca do anything about Xavi’s requests.