In a significant step, PSG has declared Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona their top target for the summer if Kylian Mbappe departs the team
According to Santi Aouna, the Parisian giants are prepared to pay the 26-year-old’s €50 million release clause in order to sign him. PSG has been monitoring the matter for some time. When Dembele’s contract with Barça expired last year, the Ligue 1 champions were also interested in recruiting him, but he ultimately signed a new contract.
The release clause in Dembele’s current deal with Barcelona, which is in effect this summer and expires in the summer of 2024, is worth €50 million. It should be emphasised that under the provisions of the contract, should any team exercise the release clause, Barça would only earn 50% of the proceeds, with the remaining sum going to the player and agency.
And it is now believed that PSG is prepared to exercise that provision this summer in order to recruit Dembele, perhaps as a replacement for Mbappe. Luis Campos, the manager of the Paris Giants, has had his eye on Dembele for some time and wanted to get him so that he could team up with Mbappe. The Barcelona star is now being prioritised by PSG’s owners in Qatar because the latter is certain to leave this summer.
Additionally, it’s known that Dembele is a favourite of new boss Luis Enrique, who considers the winger to be among the greatest in the world in his position. The French capital is currently planning a shift as a result. But Dembele has said he is content at Barça and that negotiations for a new deal that would keep him there through the summer of 2027 are still going on.
Even more recently, Moussa Sissoko, the winger’s agent, met with Deco, the club director, during which he repeated the player’s desire to stay with the team. Barcelona can remain composed despite the fact that they would be much happier if Dembele signed a new contract as soon as possible and had the €50 million release clause removed.