Barca had high expectations for Ousmane Dembele. But until now, the fifth most expensive player in the history of world football is just overwhelming disappointment.
Is Ousmane Dembele really the perfect replacement for Neymar? – Barca
In the summer of 2017, Neymar Junior made a historical escape: 222 million euros for the contract release fee, not missing a penny. Although Barcelona received a huge amount of money, at the same time, this team also fell into instability.
How to replace Neymar, which is not an easy question to answer. At that time, Barca’s management immediately spent 125 million euros to bring Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund to the Nou Camp. So far, Ousmane Dembele is still ranked 5th in the list of the most expensive players in football history in the world.
However, Ousmane Dembele has never been worth the money that Barcelona has spent. In early February, the Nou Camp team health team reported a piece of sad news: Ousmane Dembele will have to leave the season due to injury. It has been the youngster’s ninth injury, and since 2017, Ousmane Dembele has taken 320 days off to recover.
This 2019/20 season, Ousmane Dembele has just started 9 times on all fronts. Last season, Ousmane Dembele played 42 games and scored 14 goals – his best performance at Barca. In the debut season, the number of matches stopped at 23.
At Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele has repeatedly offended former coach Ernesto Valverde because of the lack of discipline. He often goes to practice late, team meetings late. Particularly in November last year, once the whole Barca team trained for half an hour and Ousmane Dembele was still silent and diving.
Ousmane Dembele will stop at the Leicester point
Slipping at the Nou Camp due to injury and undisciplined behavior, Ousmane Dembele is at risk of being thrown by Barcelona to Leicester. To be more precise, Ousmane Dembele himself needed a new environment to save his career, which was only budding at the age of 23.
According to the Daily Mail, Ousmane Dembele’s future at the Nou Camp is gradually closing, partly because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The salary of the French player is 12 million euros/season. And in the past two and a half seasons with Dembele, Ousmane Dembele only had only eight matches of 90 minutes. 8 matches in a total of 74 appearances, this is clearly not what Barcelona waited at Dembele. Thus, to have a full match Ousmane Dembele, Barca must spend 15.6 million euros. A really crazy number!
Liverpool and Man City had been in contact with Ousmane Dembele before the youngster chose Barcelona as a dock. But now, the ideal docks for Dembele is only Leicester. Accordingly, this young player is ready to come to King Power’s team on loan on the terms of purchase.
Barcelona is currently the team that holds the record for salary funds. The Nou Camp team is currently paying a salary bill of up to 453 million euros for the 2019/20 season. No team in Europe has such a terrible salary fund. Therefore, do not be surprised when Barcelona accepts to sell Ousmane Dembele, which is just to get rid of this debt from the Nou Camp.