Why Barcelona Selling Ousmane Dembélé Would Cost The Club Dearly

Ousmane Dembélé's career at Barcelona has hit both the high and low points since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

The 21-year-old Frenchman first caused a stir when he failed to show up for a training session, which angered Barça's staff. It was followed up with the World Cup winner turning up late for the club's match with Real Betis, leaving many fans outraged by his behaviour.

With all of his recent actions, it would not be surprising if most football fans expect the Spanish club to show the Barça star the exit in January or next summer.

However, it has now been revealed that a transfer away from the Nou Camp could cost the club dearly.

Die Welt reports that if the La Liga champions sold Dembélé before his current deal expires, then they would be forced to pay Dortmund €40m in variables.

Barcelona signed him from the German club in a deal worth €105 million in 2017, which included €40m in different clauses.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

According to the German newspaper, that €40m figure would have to be paid to Dortmund if the Barça forward left the club before his contract expired in 2022.

Unnamed sources have told Marca that they are keen to see 'best version' of Dembélé at the club, though they did not deny Die Welt's claim.

"The scenario of a possible sale is not being contemplated at this moment," club sources told the Spanish newspaper.

It has recently been revealed that Barcelona believes Dembélé is suffering from a gaming disorder.

Will Dembélé be sold in January (or next summer)?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Adnan Riaz

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