After initially taking a firm stance, FC Barcelona appears open to talks with Paris Saint-Germain over Ousmane Dembélé.
The Spanish club had reportedly wanted the French giants to pay the release clause, which is €50 million, until Monday at midnight. Afterward, it will jump to €100 million.
Nonetheless, COPE’s Helena Condis reports that Barcelona has agreed to open negotiations with PSG for the potential exit of the French forward. Furthermore, the Catalan side provides a five-day window to negotiate and reach an agreement with the Ligue 1 champions on the player’s transfer.
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The negotiations between the two clubs over the next few days could be complex. Both parties aim to strike a deal that benefits their respective interests. Barcelona and PSG don’t have the warmest relationship, so these talks could go south.
Barcelona is keen to secure a fair transfer fee for Dembélé. The La Liga champions want to recoup their significant investment in the Frenchman after signing him in 2017.
It will be interesting to see whether both sides want to reach an agreement. However, this could all be a show, resulting in PSG having to pay the release clause in the end.