The sporting director has work to do before he leaves the club this summer
Barcelona's still director of football, Mateu Alemany, has pledged to have almost everything ready before his departure on June 30, although the transfer window is going to be very complicated. One of the issues he intends to finalise is the renewal of Ousmane Dembélé, whose deal expires in 2024.
Barça's sports department met with Dembélé's agent a few days ago for an initial meeting. It is clear that the Blaugrana consider the player to be key and the player's entourage assured that Ousmane wants to stay at Barça for many years to come. Now a formula must be found to make everyone feel comfortable.
Barça have a very tight salary cap but it is likely that there will be a contract upgrade for the next few years, a gesture with which the club wants to reward Dembélé's good performances. Alemany is thinking of a short contract, one or two more years, to tie him down. And the termination clause would remain low in case at some point the player feels he has to start a new cycle elsewhere.
The prospects are good and Barça expect everything to be more or less in place before June 30. The idea is that Dembélé, for the club's and his own peace of mind, will not enter the final year of his contract without having renewed as happened last time.
In fact, despite rumours that clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich want him, Dembélé is happy at Barcelona and remains committed to Barça, which is why his absolute priority is to renew. His relationship with Xavi Hernández is excellent and his performance has been more regular.
In the dressing room, he has also gained weight and ascendancy as a differential player. Xavi considers him an absolute priority for his project as the undisputed starter on the right wing.