Barcelona star and France forward, Ousmane Dembele could be in line for a lucrative free transfer to St. James’ Park next summer at the end of his contract at Camp Nou.
The France international has made little headway on extending his current deal, which expires in June 2022.
He is now looking elsewhere, with the Magpies featuring among the top candidates for his signature.
The Catalans are still to keen to tie Dembele down to a new contract, having made an offer to renew for two or three years. Those approaches have fallen on deaf ears, with the star’s agent failing to respond to Barca’s proposal.
Now the club suspects Dembele has already begun to offer his services elsewhere in Europe, including Newcastle, who are expected to spend heavily in the coming months following their takeover by the Saudi-backed Public Investment fund.
Reports in Spain suggest contact has already been made between the Premier League side and Dembele’s agent, with a potential €15 million-a-year, five-year deal on the table which would also include a hefty €15m signing-on bonus.
Barca meanwhile are not impressed with the calls to St. James’ Park, and will not continue to wait indefinitely for an answer to their renewal offer.
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