Report: Club aware Tottenham have met with 24-year-old's agent
Barcelona are aware that Tottenham Hotspur are one of the clubs to have met with the agent of Ousmane Dembele as he remains set to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
Dembele is currently set to be out of contract next summer. Interestingly, Sport claims that his priority would be to stay with the Catalan giants. However, reaching an agreement is proving problematic.
It is being reported that Barca want to offer Dembele the same salary he is currently on. However, he would become the highest-paid player within the squad should he receive all of the bonuses included in the latest offer.
Dembele’s agent meanwhile, has received offers that involve ‘astronomical’ figures. And given that he could be available on a free transfer, his admirers can put forward a signing-on bonus that takes those offers into realms Barca cannot compete with.
Sport lists a host of clubs Dembele’s representative has met with. And joining the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich is Tottenham. It is suggested that several clubs have asked for Dembele to not sign an extension before the January transfer window.
Tottenham face uphill battle trying to win race for Dembele
Spurs certainly cannot be ruled out in the race for Dembele. They proved a real point by bringing Antonio Conte to the club.
But some of the figures being mentioned in connection with Dembele are frightening. It was previously claimed that Newcastle had offered the Frenchman £244,000-a-week with a signing-on fee of £12.5 million.
Remarkably however, that report stated that an unnamed Premier League side had then put a £326,000-a-week deal on the table. He would also receive £25 million upon arrival.
It remains to be seen which team that is. But given that Spurs’ highest earners are on around £200,000-a-week, it is hard to imagine that Tottenham have made that incredible offer.
And with that, competing with their rivals for Dembele’s signature is surely going to be incredibly difficult.
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