Newcastle told 24-year-old 'phenomenon' wants £245k-a-week after tax - report
Newcastle United are reportedly keeping tabs on Ousmane Dembele as they look to the future.
However, the Magpies may have to pay a him huge salary if they succeed in landing him on a free transfer next year.
This is according to Fabrizio Romano, who said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE that Newcastle are seemingly interested in the Barcelona ace.
The St James’ Park outfit has recently been taken over by a Saudi-led consortium, who have big plans for the club.
And Dembele, whose Camp Nou contract expires next summer, is apparently on the Newcastle radar.
Ferdinand asked Romano whether there was any truth in the links between the Magpies and Dembele.
“They have an interest,” replied the Italian.
“When I say interest it’s true they’re calling people close to Dembele because this player is in a crazy situation on the contract side.
“Barcelona are always optimistic and still optimistic to have Dembele signing a new deal, but in the end he’s not signing.
“He wants a super-big deal and this is why Newcastle are enquiring about him.
“They’ve not made any official proposal yet because they have no director of football.
“They have some intermediaries working around the club speaking with people close to Dembele.
“He wants big money – if he’s going to leave as a free agent he wants more than 15m Euro net per season as salary.”
This would work out at around £245,000-per-week after tax.
A huge sum indeed, but Dembele is a top player, who Lionel Messi has previously called a “phenomenon”.
Newcastle, with their newly-acquired financial muscle, would certainly be in a good position to rival any other clubs for Dembele’s services.
But obviously this depends on whether the Magpies manage to stay in the Premier League – so there’s just as much work that needs doing on the pitch as off it.