Barcelona set to begin contract talks with Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images) /

Ousmane Dembele finally coming good for Barcelona.

Ousmane Dembele is enjoying his best spell at Barcelona since he arrived from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017 for a reported fee of €105 million.

He seems to have put the injuries behind him and playing like the player he was when he burst onto the scene with Dortmund. His performance this season has not gone unnoticed either.

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According to ESPN, the Catalans are set to begin talks with the French forward regarding a new contract. His current deal is set to expire in 2022.

Up until this season, his time with Barcelona had mostly been spent on the sidelines after a number of hamstring injuries and a couple of surgeries.

With Ronald Koeman taking over, Dembélé was presented with an opportunity to impress a new manager. In fact, his third manager in four seasons.

He’s certainly seemed to take advantage of the opportunity as he was one of the standout players in Barcelona’s Champions League match against Ferencvaros. He scored a goal and was instrumental in the lead up to the other two goals.

So far this season he’s scored four goals and provided two assists in 11 games across all competitions.

Despite starting slow under Koeman, the Frenchman has earned the trust of the manager and repaying that trust on the pitch.

He’s turned the narrative surrounding him completely around as there were talks up until the final moments of the summer transfer window that he could be on his way out. Manchester United were heavily linked with Dembélé. He was also being linked with a possible move to Juventus.

Talks between the Red Devils and Barca broke down as the English side were only interested in a loan while Barça were only considering a permanent transfer.

The Catalan giants may be considering themselves fortunate that they stuck with Dembélé given the injury to Ansu Fati and the fact they are set to play a high number of games in a heavily packed schedule.

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Both sides are positive a deal can be reached. Although any deal will have to be confirmed by the new upcoming president.