Barcelona fears Ousmane Dembele is set to leave the club. For someone with such a past injury due to injury, Joan Laporta and other Blaugrana officials are probably right to surprise that Dembele has not left to defend his future.
The fact that he probably did not point to a large request on the table elsewhere, which may also include a small amount of signing fee. Barcelona have offered to renew the Frenchman’s contract, which will reduce his weekly salary.
It will also mean that there will be a late registration space for Ferran Torres, who was in Catalonia waiting for the light to officially join his new team. Both Dembele and Barcelona are clear on the way forward.
When Dembele rejuvenates, he stays and plays, with Xavi making sure he respects the 24-year-old. If he does not do so, he will be immediately listed.
That situation would not be good for Barcelona, as – if Dembele’s contract expires in the summer – his sales budget will not be close to the 162 million euro deal that brought him to Catalonia.
There is one school that thinks his contract may be terminated completely, but that depends on a series of legal judgments.
Whether he has a contract or not, if Dembele decides to leave, he will have played his last game for Barcelona.
With such uncertainty surrounding Dembele, the arrival of Torres becomes even more significant.
Luckily for the Catalans, and other key players Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati et Martin Braithwaite are all on their way back from injury, there is plenty of covers when Dembele leaves.