Ousmane Dembélé may currently be playing his part in Barcelona's pre-season tour of USA, but the tricky winger could be set to depart the club in a big-money summer transfer. Here, we give you all of the lowdown over what could be one of the more high-profile and eye-catching transfers taking part in the off-season.
Dembélé, who turn 26 in May, has spent the past six years on the Barcelona books, winning three La Liga titles in the process. However, it would appear that his time in Catalonia could be coming to an end. He is primed to make the move some 1,000km away to play for Paris Saint-Germain.
It has been a summer largely dominated by who has or who could be leaving PSG, but the addition of someone such as Dembélé could put them back on the map in terms of being a European force that still means business. Lionel Messi has already moved on, whilst Kylian Mbappé is wanting to move to Real Madrid next summer, but the club wants him out now for a fee.
Ousmane Dembélé to PSG: Transfer Update
Last week, it was revealed by journalists Fabrice Hawkins and Santi Aouna that PSG had progressed in negotiations with Barcelona over signing Dembélé. A five-year deal was proposed, with the French side being prepared to pay the €50million clause.
There has been a significant update, which has come courtesy of trustworthy transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. Quite simply, Dembélé has indicated that he wants to leave Barcelona for PSG, and his agent has verbally agreed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.
The next step in the deal comes in the form of PSG submitting a document in writing to Barcelona indicating the outline of the transfer. The only issue now is how quickly this can be done, with PSG understandably keen to get him on board as quickly as possible and form part of their own pre-season schedule.
PSG conclude their pre-season schedule over the next week or so when they take on Serie A side Inter and South Korean K League 1 team Jeonbuk. As present, Dembélé is in the United States with Barcelona on their own pre-season tour, but it would appear he has kicked his last ball in the famous red and blue jersey.
Dembélé's parting gift to the club looks set to be his goal in Barca's 3-0 friendly victory over El Clásico rivals Real Madrid in Arlington, Texas. During his time at Camp Nou he netted 24 goals La Liga goals for the club, including a further eight in UEFA Champions League action.