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Barcelona star ready to follow Kylian Mbappe footsteps in contract standoff

Barcelona could be set for a massive financial hit next summer if they lose Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer. The Frenchman, whose contract expires next June, is yet to sign a new deal with the Catalan club.

The La Liga club have been in talks with Dembele and his representatives for a number of months but have failed to make a breakthrough thus far. Barcelona’s director of football Matheu Alemany recently suggested that the club were making progress and he remained confident about the France international committing his long-term future to the club.

“His desire is to stay at Barca, his agents too and they are following the project. They tell me they are happy with Xavi’s arrival, I am especially optimistic with Dembele and I hope he stays,” Alemany said.

Xavi Hernandez, the new head coach of Barcelona, also made his intentions clear about the Frenchman’s long-term future after taking over from Ronald Koeman. The Spaniard wants Dembele to remain at the Camp Nou and is keen to help him realise his full potential and recapture the form that earned him a €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund.