Chelsea plotting summer raid for €50 million Barcelona forward – report


Barcelona had to go through a long, drawn out contract saga with Ousmane Dembele at the start of the year until finally, the Frenchman re-signed with the club ten days after his deal was up.

The 25-year-old signed a two-year contract with Barcelona that will expire in 2024 and came with a release clause worth just €50m.

And as the Frenchman enters the final 18 months of his deal, Mundo Deportivo report that Chelsea are already considering a push to sign Dembele in the summer of 2023.

Under the tutelage of Xavi Hernandez, Dembele has flourished over the past ten months, while his injury problems also appear to be a thing of the past. In 20 games this term, he has five goals and seven assists for the Blaugrana.

The forward is also playing a big role for France at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping them reach the final of the tournament.

Dembele’s performances have made a big impression on Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps. And it seems Chelsea, who have been linked with the 25-year-old in the past, have also been impressed by his transformation under Xavi.

With Dembele set to enter the final year of his contract next summer and having a largely affordable €50m release clause, the Blues are now looking to make a move in 2023.

The report indicates that Chelsea manager Graham Potter has requested the signing of the France international to strengthen his attacking department.

Barcelona, ​​for its part, is determined to extend Dembele’s contract and has made it a priority. Xavi, as he did earlier this year, will again push the club to renew the 25-year-old striker and tie his future to Spotify Camp Nou.

But as long as the €50 million release clause exists, clubs like Chelsea will be a threat to Barcelona as they look to retain Dembele’s services for a long time.


Source: Chelsea plotting summer raid for €50 million Barcelona forward – report

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