Barcelona recently met Moussa Sissoko, the agent of Ousmane Dembele, to initiate discussions over a new contract.

According to a report by Spanish outlet SPORT, Mateu Alemany recently met Moussa Sissoko, the representative of Ousmane Dembele. Barcelona will look to tie the 25-year-old World Cup winner to a new contract as his market value, currently at €60 million, continues to rise.

Ousmane Dembele has enjoyed a resurgent run since Xavi Hernandez became the Barcelona boss nearly two years ago. The former Spanish international has brought the best out of the Frenchman while helping him overcome his fitness issues. And while the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner endured a long-term hamstring injury for several weeks, he has become a pivotal figure for Barcelona.

The 25-year-old has eight goals and seven assists in 30 appearances across all competitions this term. But Dembele’s long-term Barcelona future is uncertain, as he will enter the final year of his contract in July. Such a situation has left the Blaugrana in a spot of bother heading into the summer transfer window.

The uncertainty surrounding Dembele’s future has also captured the attention of several high-profile clubs. And apart from the usual suspects like Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United are also interested. But Barcelona will look to secure his long-term future before the summer transfer window opens.

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Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants are eager to initiate contract renewal talks with the 25-year-old. And according to SPORT, Mateu Alemany recently met Moussa Sissoko, Dembele’s agent. And the two parties have begun negotiations over a new deal.

Barcelona cannot afford to wait until the summer transfer window to tie the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner to a new contract. And unlike last summer, when they let the Frenchman run down his deal, it behoves Barcelona to secure his future. That will also help the Blaugrana recoup a high sum from Dembele’s sale if push comes to shove.

The Catalan giants are keen on re-signing Lionel Messi in the summer transfer window. But that will not be possible unless they balance their books by selling a few high-value players. However, it will be interesting to see if Barcelona will be open to parting ways with Dembele.

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