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Barcelona To Offer Ousmane Dembele Rare Kind Of Contract Due To Injury Worries

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Barcelona To Offer Ousmane Dembele Rare Kind Of Contract Due To Injury Worries

Barcelona are set to offer Ousmane Dembele a rare kind of contract due to his injury problems, as they hope to tie the forward down.

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Dembele's contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and according to reports there has already been talks held with clubs in the Premier League.

Newcastle United's new wealth has also made them a potential destination for the former Borussia Dortmund forward, despite Barca wanting to keep him.

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All that is despite the 24-year-old's continued injury problems since moving to La Liga in 2017, which have seen him play just 119 time in the past four and a bit seasons.

Whilst he's only had one appearance so far this term, and is once again injured right now, the club still want him to sign a new deal, but it'll be different to the usual deal.

According to SPORT, the Catalan giants want the France forward to sign a pay as you play deal which will incorporate the 'Alemany formula.'

Dembele has known the pain of injury all too often. Image: PA Images
Dembele has known the pain of injury all too often. Image: PA Images
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The type of deal is named after club director Mateu Alemany, and he's used it previously during his time in a similar positions at Mallorca and Valencia.

Alemany's concept is for a contract to be paid out whenever a player reaches a certain milestone of games throughout a season, and slightly differs from the usual pay to play.

Dembele's blocks would be pretty small, allowing for him to not miss out on money for the occasional knock, but assure the club aren't paying out big money for large sections of time missing out.

The former Rennes player could actually benefit from the deal if he were to not get injured, with bonuses available if he can play in all the games.

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Dembele has been linked with a swap for Raheem Sterling. Image: PA Images
Dembele has been linked with a swap for Raheem Sterling. Image: PA Images

The money behind a full time deal would obviously impact Barcelona, who have been hit by tough financial issues, which is why the Alemany formula would suit them.

Getting the player to agree that it's right for him would definitely be the tougher part of the whole thing, especially if one of the English clubs were able to offer a large weekly wage.

Dembele can start to negotiate with clubs outside of Spain from January 1st and sign a pre contract agreement with them, although he's also been linked with a swap for Raheem Sterling.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Transfers, Premier League, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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