After months of lying poker, the outcome is approaching. While FC Barcelona and Ousmane Dembélé (25) got closer last week with a view to a new two-year contract, the official announcement should take place in the coming days. After four meetings between the player’s clan and the club, and some turnarounds on financial issues, the agreement is complete. Finally.
Expected in the United States for a preseason tour which will begin on July 19, Barça would like to be able to fly there with Dembélé. However, if the duration of the contract is consensus in the local press, the salary and the bonuses granted internationally are the object of all fantasies, between desire and reality.
A 40% pay cut for Dembélé?
Always anxious to clean up a salary grid that bordered on madness under the former management, president Joan Laporta does not miss an opportunity to remind everyone that all players must participate in the common effort. And Dembélé is no exception to the rule. However, according to our information, the 40% pay cut announced in various Catalan newspapers does not correspond to reality, as does the absence of bonuses.
Xavi played a leading role in Dembélé’s extension to Barça. (D. Nakashima/Sports Press)
There would be a number of performance bonuses provided for in the contract of the former Rennais, allowing him to considerably increase his base salary, which has actually been reduced. Accessible bonuses, synonymous with remuneration far from the announced reduction, but ultimately close to his previous remuneration (€10 million net). A win-win contract to allow both parties to continue together.
Thanks to the very active lobbying of Xavi Hernandez, who used all his influence to relaunch the negotiations in the most tense moments, Dembélé should continue the adventure with the Catalans. Best passer in the Spanish championship last season (13 assists), the Frenchman will have to do even better to satisfy the Camp Nou and the supporters who are sometimes tired of these extended negotiations. Facing competition that could prove fiercer next season and with a World Cup in November-December, the winger has work to do. But he proved it last season: Dembélé can quickly prove to be indispensable.