€130 million and rising: Insight provided into Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele fee amid claims of free agent exit ‘plan’

Amid suggestions that Ousmane Dembele is eyeing up an exit from Barcelona, an in-depth insight into the sum forked over for his services has been forthcoming online.

Barca struggles

French wide-man Dembele made the move to the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017.

The Blaugrana splashed out a hefty €100 million+ to secure Dembele’s signature from Borussia Dortmund, in the wake of Neymar’s record-breaking move to PSG.

However, the attacker has since struggled to replicate the output of his predecessor, with a combination of injury problems, competition for places and questions over his attitude having seen Dembele, to this point, fail to repay Barca’s faith.

In the former Rennes man’s defence, the aforementioned fitness issues endured during his time in Catalunya have proven nothing short of staggering.

After he picked up the latest in a series of hamstring injuries in February, Barcelona confirmed that their struggling winger had been ruled out for 6 months.

Ousmane Dembele

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 20: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona (11) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Luis Suarez (9) and team mates during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CD Leganes at Camp Nou on January 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

This, as subsequently calculated by the reliable Transfermarkt, meant that Dembele had missed somewhere in the region of 80 fixtures since completing his move to Barcelona 3 years ago.

Exit on the horizon?

The 23-year-old’s widely-publicised struggles during his time in Spain have therefore inevitably resulted in speculation that the Blaugrana could simply attempt to cut their losses, by moving Dembele on to the highest bidder.

Just this past summer, the Frenchman was widely tipped for a Camp Nou exit, with reports having gone as far as to suggest that Premier League giants Manchester United were ‘very close’ to closing a deal for his signature.

This came with Barcelona said to have dropped their asking price to a figure somewhere in the region of €50 – 60 million.

And though, in the end, a transfer was of course not forthcoming, it appears that Barca’s push to move Dembele on may have resulted in some lasting damage.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Catalans have become increasingly ‘worried’ that their big-money wide-man could end up departing the club for free.

Ousmane Dembele

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 20: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CD Leganes at Camp Nou on January 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Dembele’s current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2022.

Barca’s early-season attempts to tie the French international down to fresh terms – in a bid to preserve his value – however, have been met with silence on Dembele’s part.

In turn, it has been suggested that the former Dortmund man intends to simply run down his deal at the Camp Nou, before taking his pick of the clubs interested in his signature in a little over 12 months’ time (when Dembele will be free to negotiate a pre-contract elsewhere).

BVB draining Barca

Summing up just what a mammoth financial blow failing to secure any form of return for Dembele would prove for Barcelona, meanwhile, has been the emergence of an in-depth insight into the total fee paid for his services thus far.

The info comes courtesy of reliable German outlet Kicker, who provide the following breakdown:

Initial sum paid – Є105 million

Further bonuses since paid – Є25 million – the latest 5 million of which was forked over upon Dembele recently lining out for his 75th Barca appearance.

Remaining potential bonuses – Є18 million – another 5 million of which will be owed upon Dembele making his 100th Blaugrana appearance.

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