The winger must make a decision on his future soon
Barça say the won't wait beyond the June 30 for him
Ousmane Dembele is on holiday and when he returns, as revealed by SPORT, he will make a decision on his future, but in the case of Barcelona he must decide before June 30.
Dembele has various options and clubs on the table, but his camp say Barça still have a chance of renewing him if they improve their offer. Other teams are offering more. This is the situation with the five big European clubs considering his signing:
There is mutual admiration between Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Dembele from their time in Dortmund. The German coach has always praised the Barça winger, who considers him one of his favourite coaches. Chelsea are trying to sign Raheem Sterling as well, though. Tuchel sees him as a versatile option for the attack and the idea is to use him as a false nine.
But the Sterling signing doesn't interfere with their Dembele plans. Chelsea would like both. Dembele would arrive to strengthen the right wing, with Ziyech likely to leave.
Chelsea were in touch in January but did not make an offer in the end. However, they have been on top of the situation for a long time and have made an offer this summer. The operation is now in the hands of the new owners, but the groundwork has been laid by Tuchel.
Dembele is still an option for new PSG sporting director Luis Campos. They were close to signing him in January. However, due to salary limits, they could only do the operation if it was a swap deal at the time. Barça wanted €20m. PSG didn't bit bit having done so much work, the move remains on standby.
There are various reasons for PSG's interest. Lionel Messi is out of contract in 2024. Neymar could leave. Dembele is a player for either flank at a good age (25) who is available for free. PSG want to take advantage of these situations -- it also helps in their new project that he is French.
Dembele knows the offer from PSG, which is practically double Barça's.
The Mosquito is an old Bayern target. They were beaten to his signing by Barça in 2017. If there is one league where he has a good reputation, it is Germany, where he excelled with Dortmund. Even though Bayern have signed Sadio Mane, they could allow the sale of Serge Gnabry, who has one year on his deal, to sign Dembele for free.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann has backed the operation. The interest is there.
The sale of Mane has brought in some money and, according to reports in England, Demeble is a possible replacement. He is liked by Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have also put Mohamed Salah up for sale as he continues to refuse a contract extension. On a free, Dembele would be a replacement on the right. Maybe it's the most complicated option, though, for the French winger.
Barça's offer remains on the table but it is not up to the demands of Dembele's camp. Xavi Hernandez wants him to stay and he is open to continuing at Camp Nou, but time is of the essence now. A decision is needed imminently with his current terms up on Thursday.