As a result, Barcelona may be unable to match Dembele’s salary demands and they could be forced to sell him this summer in order to avoid losing him for free.
Speaking earlier this month, Dembele opened up about the injury problems which have marred his time at Barcelona so far, telling Telefoot: “I want to give a lot of thanks to my teammates, but honestly since 2017 I was very weak. Now I have physically changed and I feel better prepared for the games.
“This year is going better, I have improved a lot in Barcelona, with the physical trainers, the way of training, the way of preparing for the games, everything has changed.
“Now I feel good about myself, even though I have struggled with all these physical problems for 3 years. These are life experiences that must be taken with a smile.”