Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has successfully secured the signing of highly regarded winger Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona. The French club formally announced the completion of the deal on Saturday, solidifying Dembele’s move from Barcelona to PSG.
Initially, PSG’s approach was centered around meeting the €50 million ($54.9 million) buyout clause set for the player, with the clause expiring at the end of July. However, Dembele chose to reject this proposal, initiating negotiations between both clubs to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
Ultimately, the final transfer fee is expected to hover around €50 million.
Expressing his excitement about the move, Dembele stated, “I’m thrilled to become a part of Paris Saint-Germain and eagerly anticipate stepping onto the field as a member of my new team. I aim to excel here and bring pride to all the club’s supporters,” as conveyed through the official PSG website.
Paris Saint-Germain had long shown interest in Dembele, while Barcelona’s coach Xavi Hernandez had displayed a desire to retain the winger. However, the substantial transfer fee was eventually agreed upon to address the financial challenges faced by Barcelona.
Dembele joined Barcelona in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund in a €105 million transfer. During his time at Barcelona, he faced challenges in meeting the performance expectations, scoring 40 goals in 185 appearances.
Dembele’s tenure with Barcelona also included achievements such as three Spanish league titles, two Spanish Cups, and two Spanish Supercups. The 26-year-old player has earned 37 caps for France and was part of the French national team that finished as runners-up in the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar.
The previous summer witnessed Dembele’s close departure from Camp Nou as a free agent. Ultimately, a contract extension was agreed upon, securing his stay until 2024.
In light of Dembele’s departure, Barcelona is looking to fill the void with the inclusion of Raphinha and Ferran Torres. The official La Liga website has already reported that Ferran will take over Dembele’s number 7 jersey, while Raphinha will switch from the number 22 jersey to the number 11, formerly worn by Torres until recently.
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