For the Love of Barcelona, Ousmane Dembélé Rejects Al Nassr's €200 Million Salary Offer

Ousmane Dembélé
(Image: AFP/Cristina Quicler)
In the ever-competitive world of football, riches and lucrative offers await talented players from across the globe. Ousmane Dembélé, the gifted winger from Barcelona, recently found himself at the center of attention when Al Nassr, the club where Cristiano Ronaldo currently showcases his skills, made a jaw-dropping proposal.

Reports from Sport suggest that Al Nassr came forward with a mind-boggling offer, dangling a staggering €200 million salary over five years in front of the French winger. The deal also included a jaw-dropping €250 million transfer fee, as the Saudi Arabian club was prepared to pay a massive €50 million in contract termination compensation.

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However, in a move that exemplifies loyalty and devotion to the Blaugrana, Ousmane Dembélé chose to turn down the incredibly tempting proposal from Al Nassr. He remained steadfast in his priority to stay with Barcelona, revealing his dedication to the club he cherishes.

Negotiations for a new contract between Dembélé's representatives and Barcelona are currently underway, with coach Xavi Hernandez expressing unwavering confidence in the player's commitment. The French winger, prior to the commencement of the preseason, made it abundantly clear to Xavi that his heart lies with Barcelona.

Al Nassr's Pursuit of Global Stars

Global Stars
 Marcelo Brozovic (right) and Executive President Al Nassr (Image:AFP/Al Nassr Football Club).
Al Nassr's pursuit of global footballing stars knows no bounds. The Saudi Arabian club finds itself in fierce competition with fellow Saudi clubs, namely Al Ahli, Al Ittihad, and Al Ettifaq, as they all vie to secure world-class talents from Europe.

Having already secured the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr has wasted no time bolstering their ranks with the acquisitions of Fofana from Lens and Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan during the current season.

Ronaldo has expressed his delight at the club's ambitious moves and has even gone so far as to praise the standard of football in the Saudi Arabian league, rating it higher than the MLS and many European leagues, with the exception of the English Premier League.

Manchester United's Coveted Prize: Ousmane Dembélé

Al Nassr is not the only club eyeing the phenomenal Ousmane Dembélé; Manchester United has also set its sights on the French winger. In a gesture of anticipation, Manchester United has reserved the iconic number 7 jersey, previously adorned by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo himself, for Dembélé.

El Nacional reports that Manchester United has prepared this coveted number for the French winger, who has been the subject of intense speculation about a potential move in the summer transfer window.

Having signed a two-year contract with Barcelona in the summer of 2022, set to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season, Dembélé's release clause will drop from €100 million to €50 million this summer, making him an enticing prospect for top European clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool.

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As Manchester United returns to the Champions League next season, Manager Erik ten Hag is keen to strengthen his squad after Jadon Sancho and Antony failed to consistently contribute to the team's attacking prowess.

Despite the challenge of persuading Dembélé to part ways with Barcelona, Manchester United is willing to present him with the iconic number 7 jersey, once donned by Ronaldo, as they believe the French winger's pace and abilities would make him a valuable addition to their ranks.

Xavi's Unwavering Faith in Ousmane Dembélé

Barcelona is determined to keep Ousmane Dembélé away from the clutches of other interested clubs, recognizing his increasing importance to the team.

Coach Xavi Hernandez has expressed unwavering confidence in Dembélé, praising his growth and development during his time with Barcelona. "He has matured significantly since joining us, and we have provided him with the tools he needs to succeed. I see immense potential in Dembélé," said Xavi last January.

"Dembélé possesses great talent, and I firmly believe in him. Full-backs always struggle when facing him."

Barcelona's Contemplation, A Swap Deal for Joao Felix

Joao Felix
Atletico Madrid's player Joao Felix.(source:AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Meanwhile, Barcelona finds itself exploring ways to bring Atletico Madrid's star striker, Joao Felix, to their ranks. Due to financial constraints, Barcelona cannot directly secure his services and must resort to player exchanges with Atletico Madrid. Rumors suggest that Barcelona is willing to offer Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia as part of the deal to acquire Joao Felix.

However, the deal remains speculative at this stage, as Xavi is unsure whether Joao Felix would seamlessly fit Barcelona's requirements.

Hugo Felix, Joao Felix's brother, commented, "You know my opinion. It's up to the clubs to meet and come up with an offer."

In the ever-changing landscape of football, transfer sagas and contract negotiations keep fans on the edge of their seats. As Dembélé's future remains a hot topic of discussion, the loyalty he exhibits towards Barcelona stands as a testament to the passion and love that binds players to their beloved clubs. The footballing world eagerly awaits to see where the talented French winger's journey will lead him next.

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