It’s no secret that the nights are short for Nasser al-Khelaïfi at the moment. As well as the soap opera Kylian Mbappé, which finds its epilogue this weekend, PSG’s two strongmen are also preparing for next season on all fronts. In search of a new coach more than ever to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in the starting XI, the Qatari is in the process of outlining PSG’s future XI, who could adopt a heavy French accent. If Paris has done what is necessary to keep Mbappé, there will be hopes for another world champion in the capital this summer: Ousmane Dembélé
As we exclusively informed you on January 30, Paris have a verbal agreement with Ousmane Dembélé. As a reminder, PSG, who have valued the player’s profile since his Ligue 1 debut at Rennes in 2015, then took matters into their own hands to conduct the talks. And apparently, after several constructive exchanges, the Parisians’ speech was spot on as the PSG boss had received a verbal pledge from the 24-year-old France international (27 caps – 4 goals) and his entourage to come to the capital. Paris had tried everything to attract him last January.
Ca discussed between NAK and Moussa Sissoko!
Yes, but water has flown under the bridge since then and the Évreux native has enjoyed a stunning second half of the season since rejoining Barça’s starting XI in February. With 13 assists in just 20 LaLiga games, Dembélé has been instrumental in helping his side climb back up the league, most notably helping them qualify for the Champions League. Something to think about for Joan Laporta, who nonetheless declared in January that Ousmane Dembélé would be gone at the end of June. Mateu Alemany, Barça’s director of football, took his suitcase to Marrakech to try to convince the player’s agent Moussa Sissoko to extend his charge in Catalonia.
A constructive first meeting, but not really united. The latest meeting scheduled for this week hasn’t yet made it possible to find common ground, although the France international is keen to stay in Barcelona beyond the contract expiration scheduled for June 30. Moussa Sissoko, who inevitably faces Barcelona’s difficulties in raising enough funds to extend Dembélé, has been in talks with Nasser al-Khelaïfi in the past few hours, according to our information, about the arrival of Barcelona No.7 in Paris. Paris has arguments to put forward and wants to get back to the point of the oral agreement discussed in January. In that sense, Ousmane Dembélé and his agent need to be reassured. With the extension of Kylian Mbappé, that sent a damn strong signal. Angel Di Maria’s non-renewal should also leave a spot in attack for Ousmane Dembélé, who is Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s preferred choice for the right lane. Anyhow, if PSG manage to complete this arrival there is no doubt that it would be a very nice move…