Ousmane Dembele Told He “Must Leave” Barcelona This Month

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Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been told he “must leave” the club this month.

The reasoning behind the move is said to be because the player is “not committed to the project”.

Dembele is a free agent at the end of the season and has repeatedly refused to sign a new deal while speculation of a Premier League switch swirls.

The Frenchman joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth up to £135.5m but will be able to leave for nothing when his contract expires in a matter of months.

Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany took aim at Ousmane Dembele’s attitude:

“It seems obvious that the player does not want to continue at Barca.

“With Ousmane and his agent we began [contract] conversations around July so it’s been six months and a bit. We’ve talked, we’ve talked, we’ve talked. Barca has made different offers. We’ve tried to find a way for the player to continue with us but these offers have been systematically rejected by his agents.”

“In this scenario he and his agents have been informed that he must leave immediately because we want players committed to this project and therefore we hope that a transfer will take place before January 31.”

The 24-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs, including Manchester United, Newcastle and Liverpool while the Magpies are said to have made the player a “monster” offer.

Dembele, meanwhile, could remain on the sidelines even if he does remain at Camp Nou after Ferran Torres joined Barcelona from Manchester City.