The meeting between Deco, the newly appointed sporting director of FC Barcelona, and Moussa Sissoko Ousmane Dembélé’s agent, is just around the corner, with a contract renewal on sight. Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed. But both parties are aware that it will take place in the coming days. It can take place either this week or at the latest, early next week. While it remains uncertain if Mateu Alemany will be present, Deco will be there alongside Sissoko.
According to MD, Dembélé and his representative aim to maintain the positive dialogue and communication with the club. It wasn’t always like that. But it was established during last year’s contract renewal process. This continued into the first meeting held this year, which focused on extending the winger’s contract set to expire on June 30, 2024. FC Barcelona is keen to secure Dembélé’s services until 2027. Moreover, on his part, the player himself is receptive to the idea.
There is a good rapport between Sissoko and the club. Therefore, the plan is to discuss Dembélé’s renewal based on the initial proposal that Barcelona presented to the French winger. Dembélé’s intentions are clear: to reach an agreement for renewal. He is very content at Barcelona under the guidance of Xavi Hernández. However, he also seeks a salary improvement commensurate with his status as a key player in the coach’s plans.
Appealing Release Clause
On the club’s side, there is a sense of urgency to swiftly conclude Dembélé’s renewal. They fear the vulnerable position they find themselves in. Firstly, his release clause has been reduced from €100 million to €50 million during the months of June and July. Moreover, out of the €50 million, if someone were to trigger the clause and sign Dembélé, Barcelona would only receive €25 million, with the remaining €25 million going to the player’s agent. As part of the renewal, the club also intends to increase his release clause.
However, Deco, Alemany, and Laporta are determined to avoid a repeat of last year’s drawn-out renewal process, which caught everyone by surprise, including Xavi, who believed Dembélé was destined to leave. The agreement reached was only for two years, leaving Dembélé free to negotiate with other clubs in just over a year’s time, by June 30, 2024.
With the pivotal summit on the horizon, all parties involved are eager to secure Dembélé’s long-term commitment to FC Barcelona, ensuring that the negotiations proceed smoothly and efficiently, leaving no room for the uncertainties of the past.