Barca to discard Dembele for cut-price?


FC Barcelona will reportedly take a huge financial hit on their £135.5m investment of Ousmane Dembele as they look set to release the France international for a cut-price.

Dembele arrived at the Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund as the Spanish giants looked towards his potential to soften the blow of Neymar's shock world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the former Ligue 1 star has endured a torrid time in Spain, with injuries and various disciplinary issues leaving him on the brink of an abrupt exit.

According to Spanish publication Marca, the Blaugrana are ready to let Dembele leave for £52.9m in the off-season, in order to finance the next transfer outlays.

Miralem Pjanic of Juventus and Internazionale forward Lautaro Martinez is said to be their primary targets for the 2020/21 season - but with the coronavirus pandemic affecting their revenue streams, several of their current first-team squad members are believed to have been made available for transfers.

Spanish outlet El Desmarque has also suggested that Dembele's missed a squad's recent Zoom meeting organised by head coach Quinque Setien, which is said to have been the last straw for the Blaugrana hierarchy.

The report claims 22-year-old simply 'forgot' about the scheduled event of the first-team squad during the national lockdown in Spain last month.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner featured just nine times for Barcelona this season, scoring one goal across all competitions.