Ousmane Dembele is set to ‘sign a new five-year deal’ with Barcelona NEXT WEEK

Chidalu Obiajulu

French forward and player Ousmane Dembele is considered a very prolific winger who has shown his abilities in Bundesliga when he was playing for German Giant Borussia Dortmund.

His big money move to La Liga and the expectations from fans hasn’t really been lived up to, he has totally been affected by series of injuries since his arrival, though when fit he’s such a talent.

After the arrival of new manager Xavier Hernandez, Dembele’s said to be one of the key players for the manager, but has refused to sign a new contract after being rumoured to move to Newcastle United after the Saudi take over.

Dembele has also been rumoured to a move to other big premier league clubs like Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC, but as things stand, there might be no move.

He is set to make a shocking U-turn on his future and sign a new five-year deal as soon as next week, according to reports.

Dembele has struggled to perform at the Nou Camp under the weight of a £135million transfer fee paid to Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and has constantly been linked with an exit in recent years.

This season speculation that he could depart has only ramped up – with reports the cash-strapped club are planning to cash in on him in January or use him in a swap deal – but an upturn in performances under Xavi has changed his tune and convinced him to stay, as per Spanish outlet Sport.

But Dembele is set to take a pay cut on his salary – understood to be around £200,000 a week – in order to help the club through their financial difficulties and prevent him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

His reduced salary will also allow Barcelona more wiggle room to sign new players and agree new contracts.

It was the player’s will that was key in conducting positive talks, with the 24-year-old won over by Xavi’s vision for the club.

Dembele has impressed in recent games since the Spaniard returned to the Nou Camp, providing an assist in each of the last two games.

The new manager Xavi is said to be a huge fan of the player and wants to finally fulfil his potential.

He could now form a major part of Barcelona’s squad going forward, with news that Manchester City winger Ferran Torres is set to sign in January for £55m.

Xavi’s faith in Dembele pales in comparison to the game time he was receiving when Ronald Koeman was in charge.

He failed to play a single minute under the Dutchman, but has since featured in eight games – four of those coming in the starting line-up.

This week he was being mentioned as a possible makeweight in a swap deal for Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This recent update about his proposed renewal will be a good news to most Barcelona fans,who need young and vibrant players for the rebuild after being eliminated from the champions league after a thumping 3:0 lose at Allianz Arena Munich Germany.