Ousmane Dembele is most likely to join a Premier League club if he leaves Barcelona before Monday’s deadline.
His representatives Moussa Sissoko and Marco Lichtsteiner are working to find a solution for the winger whose contract at Barcelona is due to expire at the end of the season.
The club told Dembele again on Thursday to find another club if he didn’t want to sign their previous offer of a new short-term contract with a pay cut.
Dembele would prefer to stay for the rest of his current deal but Barcelona have made it clear they want him now and even threatened to leave him in the stands if he stays.
The 24-year-old joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for £135million in the summer of 2017 – just weeks after Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain – but struggled with injuries for a much of his time in Spain.
Dembele has started just six matches this season with his only goal coming in the Copa del Rey win at third-tier Linares earlier this month.
Dembele accuses Barca of ‘blackmail’
Dembele said last week he would ‘not give in to blackmail’ after the club told the Frenchman he had to leave in the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old said on Instagram: “From today I will answer honestly without giving in to any form of blackmail.
“I forbid people to think that I am not committed to this sports project. I forbid people to attribute to me intentions that I never had.
“I forbid people to speak for me or my agent, who I trust completely. I am still under contract, I am fully committed and available to the club and my manager.
“I have always given everything for my teammates and also for all the fans. That is not going to change now. I am not a man who cheats and even less a man who is used to giving in to blackmail. Love can certainly be a variant of blackmail.”
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