Ousmane Dembele is not happy with the terms he has been offered by Chelsea with their interest in Raheem Sterling hampering a deal, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona are in danger of losing the France international on a free transfer this summer with his contract expiring at the end of this month.
Dembele signed for the Catalan giants in August 2017 from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth an initial €100m plus €40m in add-ons.
The Frenchman has suffered badly from injuries during his time at the Camp Nou but the 25-year-old has showed good form last season when fit, contributing one goal and 13 assists in 21 La Liga matches.
And while Barcelona want to keep Dembele at the club, there has been interest from elsewhere for his services with the forward possessing huge potential if he can keep injury-free.
Spanish publication Sport claim that the offer to Dembele from Chelsea is ‘significantly superior’ than the one Barcelona have put on the table but he is ‘not convinced’ by the salary on offer.
It is understood the signing bonus at Chelsea could be ‘key for him to decide to go to London’ after making some ‘progress with Chelsea’.
However, he has not given ‘an affirmative answer’ to the Blues with the report adding that ‘the simultaneous signing of Sterling has reduced his salary and everything is up in the air’.
The La Liga giants are ‘not completely ruled out’ with Dembele now wondering ‘if it is worth a change of scenery since he is comfortable in Barcelona’ but his ‘continuity is still difficult’
Dembele has ‘already spoken with [Thomas] Tuchel’ while Barcelona are telling him that he would be making ‘a mistake if he went to Chelsea’.
Meanwhile, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has delivered the latest news on the Blues’ pursuit of Man City forward Sterling with Chelsea readying a new proposal.
Romano wrote on Twitter: “Chelsea will submit a new proposal for Raheem Sterling as they’re already working on it. Tuchel wants him and personal terms have been already discussed. Negotiations with City were led by Marina Granovskaia – she now left the club, Boehly is preparing the new bid.”
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