Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has reportedly urged Ousmane Dembele to stay at the club this summer
However, in a last-ditch attempt to get him to sign a new deal
The French forward’s contract with the club expires at the end of the month but his immediate future is unclear
However, a number of clubs rumoured to be vying for his signature while figures from Barcelona try to get him to stay in Catalonia.
According to L’Equipe, Xavi has made one last attempt at keeping the player by calling him.
The manager is keen for Dembele to remain as the club seeks to find the funds to improve the team in other areas.
According to the report in the French publication
Barcelona and Dembele have failed to agree a new deal owing to being some way apart on salary demands.
The French forward is set to want £15.5m across a year after tax, with Barcelona only willing to offer that amount before tax.
Dembele was signed by Barcelona in the summer Neymar departed for Paris Saint Germain
And his time in Catalonia has coincided with the club’s dire financial straits.
Chelsea, under Thomas Tuchel, who coached the player at Borussia Dortmund
Moreover, are believed to be extremely interested in bringing the player to west London
And the under new ownership have the financial muscle to be able to match the French international’s high wage demands.