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A first big blow for Newcastle?


Newcastle have reportedly started discussions with Ousmane Dembélé, the French international of FC Barcelona.

Arrived in the summer of 2017 to compensate for the departure of Neymar to PSG, Ousmane Dembele never really met the expectations raised by the price of his transfer to FC Barcelona (105 million euros, excluding bonus). Between repeated injuries and irregular performances, the former Rennais played only 118 matches in 4 years under the Barcelona colors and, apart from a few flashes, has never really convinced.

He has still not played the slightest meeting since the start of the season, because of an ischio injury contracted during the Euro this summer. However, the president of the club Joan Laporta wished to start discussions with the player to extend his contract which ends in June 2022. But the financial situation of Barça cooled the French international (27 caps, 4 goals) to whom the club blaugrana proposed a declining salary.

Big arguments for Newcastle

Another problem, another club would have entered the dance and would propose to the former player to Dortmund financial guarantees that Barcelona cannot afford. According to information from Foot Market, Newcastle, recently bought by the Saudi Arabian investment fund, has great ambitions on the sporting front and is said to have started discussions with the Dembélé clan.

A 5-year contract is mentioned, but above all an annual salary of 15 million euros, against 10 currently in Catalonia. A proposal that will be difficult to refuse. Although ambitious, the Magpies must initially remain in the English top flight, which will be a difficult task (they are 19th with 3 points in eight games). As a reminder, Newcastle United have just separated from their coach Steve Bruce.

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