For 50.4 million euros: PSG gets rid of Dembelé from Barcelona

For 50.4 million euros: PSG gets rid of Dembelé from Barcelona

As PSG officially announced, Ousmane Dembelé is moving to the French capital. The winger has signed a five-year contract with PSG until June 30, 2028 and will cost the champions exactly 50.4 million euros, according to Barça – a “bargain price” for a 26-year-old French international these days.

An exit clause in his contract made this possible. But because this had to be drawn by July 31, 2023 at the latest, hurry was actually required. Dembelé had previously confirmed negotiations with Barcelona about an early extension until 2027, but then PSG stepped in between.

At first it seemed that the clause would not apply as the deal had not been sealed in time. But then ‘L’Equipe’ reported another clause – stating that if interested parties lodged their intention to transfer to La Liga by July 31, there would be more time to finalize the transfer formalities and to transfer the stipulated transfer fee.

We couldn’t match PSG’s offer.

Xavi

As a result, Barça’s hands were still tied. Coach Xavi already confirmed on the fringes of the friendly against AC Milan (1-0) that Dembelé would leave the Blaugrana. “We couldn’t keep up with PSG’s offer,” said the 43-year-old.

A few days later, Barça’s director of football Mateu Alemany reported that Dembelé had made his way to Paris, ‘the deal was done’ and they ‘just had to sign all the documents’. Now that that’s done, the Catalans can finally close this chapter. Dembelé will wear number 23 in Paris.

Up and down in Barcelona

Dembelé once switched from Dortmund to Barcelona with a lot of noise and money – his base fee of 105 million euros still makes him one of the most expensive players in football history. At first, however, things did not go as well for the Catalans as Barça and probably also the player had hoped for. In addition to some bad luck with injuries (five long-term thigh injuries and three muscle bundle tears), there were also repeated reports of an unprofessional lifestyle and lack of discipline.

However, his sporting class was always undisputed, so the Frenchman stayed at Barça – and over the years the speed dribbler also matured. Dembelé established himself under Ronald Koeman, and Xavi also relied on the qualities of the Frenchman.

At the beginning of 2022, however, unrest arose again when Dembelé did not want to extend his then expiring contract. Xavi dropped him from the squad only to change his mind shortly after. In July, Dembelé then extended it by two years to 2024, but had the clauses entered that now enabled him to make the change.

After 163 games and 32 goals, Dembelé says goodbye to the Catalans and will seek his luck in Paris from now on. For the 37-time national player, after eight years as a legionnaire, it is also the return to his homeland, which he left in 2016 from Stade Rennes to BVB.

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