The French World Cup Winner has entered the final year of his existing contract with the Catalan giants and an extension is still to be signed.
Dembele joined Barcelona in 2017 for €105 million plus variables from Borussia Dortmund, but has struggled to make an impact due to recurring injury issues. Last season, though, the French winger showed how important he can be if he can remain fit for an elongated period.
Dembele, as fate would have it, suffered yet another injury while on international duty in the summer, and is yet to play this season as a result. He is, however, still regarded in high regard within the club. Because of his age and the variety he brings to the table, the Barcelona administration believes Dembele has a significant role to play in the club's future.
These characteristics have made him a sought-after commodity in the transfer market, with teams from all across Europe vying to sign him when his contract expires.
As a result, according to ESPN, Barcelona are planning to speed up the process of signing Dembele to a new deal.
The Catalan giants are reportedly reluctant to lose the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner on a free transfer next year, and are now putting pressure on the player and his camp to speed up the process. Dembele is happy at Barcelona, according to the report, and wants to stay in Catalonia.
However, as with Ilaix Moriba earlier this year, his representatives could encourage him to pursue a more lucrative offer, something the club are keen on avoiding.
In the coming weeks, a series of meetings are expected to be held, which will be key in reaching an agreement. However, Barca think they only have a 50% chance of extending the ex-Dortmund ace's stay at the moment.
Dembele will be eligible to speak with foreign clubs about a pre-contract agreement starting in January. As a result, Barcelona are likely to want to conclude a deal before then. If no agreement is reached, the Blaugrana could send the forward to the stands and prevent him from playing, even though he is ready to return from injury.
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