French sports daily L’Équipe has confirmed that Barcelona’s French international winger, Ousmane Dembélé, will receive a large cut of the fee attached to his proposed transfer from La Liga to PSG.
The Transfer Clause:
The 26-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with the Spanish club last summer, but the deal included a clause that would lower his release clause to just €50m during July this year – a major discount considering Barcelona paid Borussia Dortmund €135m for his services in 2017 in the wake of Neymar’s departure for Paris.
What’s worse for Barca is that, as reported in Spain, having not been able to afford a loyalty bonus at the time of the former Rennes attacker’s extension, it was agreed that Dembélé and his agents would take 50% of any subsequent transfer fee. Although PSG are, according to some reports, struggling to meet the end of July deadline to notify the Spanish club they will be activating that clause (midnight tonight), as it stands Barcelona would only receive €25m for the player, with the other €25m paid to Dembélé and his representatives.
Potential Loss for Barcelona:
Effectively, Barcelona could lose over €100m on the player should the deal go through. Should PSG miss that deadline, however, the release clause will again increase substantially.
Uncertainty over the Transfer:
The lack of a definitive “Yes” from the attacker to date over the move could become an issue too after Dembélé met with Barcelona coach Xavi this weekend to discuss his future. Movement, however, is expected soon with L’Équipe stating a move is ‘very close.’