Barcelona are willing to let Ousmane Dembele leave during the summer transfer window on loan to cut off their payroll.
Barcelona was really struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so much so that the club announced a 70% reduction in the wages of the players, despite this could cause a negative reaction in the whole team.
Not stopping there, at this time, Barcelona is trying to cut the salaries of high-paid players but not contributing much. French striker Ousmane Dembele is one of them.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Los Blaugrana is planning to let the French striker go on loan, just like Coutinho to cut payroll. Currently, Ousmane Dembele’s salary is about 10 million pounds / year.
Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £ 98 million (plus £ 35 million based on performance). However, the young French star could not reach as expected due to constant injuries.
According to statistics, the striker born in 1997 has suffered 10 injuries since joining Barcelona, including many long-term injuries. This season, he has just played 5 matches for the Los Blaugrana in La Liga.
Although coach Quique Setien believes it is possible to revive Ousmane Dembele’s talent if the player is in good physical condition, the Barcelona leadership no longer trusts the player. The club’s top priority is to reduce salary fund in the context of a pandemic. In addition, after that, they hope to sell off Ousmane Dembele after the loan expires.
Last summer, the Catalan club pushed Coutinho to Bayern Munich on a one-year loan deal for a fee of 12 million euros (£ 10.7 million). Besides, “Gray Lobster” is also obligated to pay 12 million euros salary for Coutinho. In addition, Barcelona also dubbed a definitive purchase clause worth 120 million euros.
With the arrival of the Portuguese youngster, Francisco Trincao from Braga next July, plus the growing talent of Ansu Fati, Barcelona is not short of personnel for the attack next season.
Currently, Barcelona also lets Andre Gomes to Everton, Carles Perez to AS Roma on loan, along with the buy-out clause. They hope to receive some extra money from these contracts.
In the opposite direction, Barcelona is looking to welcome Neymar and Miralem Pjanic to the club in the summer. Talking about Neymar, coach Quique Setien said: “I really want to train Neymar at some point. I feel fortunate to have fulfilled my dream of leading Messi. And now, what will happen? Let’s wait. But I am sure that I would be happy if Neymar came to the club.
About Pjanic, he said: “I always say I like to lead top players. It is a great player like dozens of other players.
Another option is that Barcelona can make Ousmane Dembele a part of Neymar or Pjanic’s contract. But the problem is that, with Ousmane Dembele’s injury history, both Juventus and PSG just want to borrow this player, before the rain stops.