Newcastle in talks to sign £135m Dembele ‘on free transfer with five-year deal’

Newcastle have reportedly entered talks with Ousmane Dembele over a potential free transfer next summer amid doubts over his future at Barcelona.

Dembele, 24, is set to become a free agent in 2022 and doesn't appear close to signing an extension at the Nou Camp.

The France winger has failed to live up to expectations in Catalonia since completing a hefty £135million switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, struggling for both form and fitness over the past four years.

And according to French publication Foot Mercato, Newcastle have opened discussions with him over a potential move following their £300million takeover earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Public Investment Fund, who bought the club off Mike Ashley, is said to be worth a staggering £320billion.

That means they are now one of the wealthiest clubs in world football.

A number of world-class players and coaches are now being tipped to move to St James' Park, and Dembele is one of them.

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Toon chiefs are understood to be offering the wantaway Barca star a five-year contract worth an estimated £65million.

Dembele has reportedly asked for a £13million signing on fee to be included in the deal, due to the fact he would arrive on Tyneside as a free agent.

Barca are believed to have offered him an extension that runs until 2025, yet it would include a pay cut amid their financial woes.

As a result, Dembele appears to have set his sights on leaving the club when his current deal expires next summer.

That leaves Newcastle in a strong position to bring him to England, although they could face competition from other rumoured suitors Manchester City.

Should City come in with an offer, it will be difficult for the Magpies to convince him to snub it given they are unlikely to be playing Champions League football next season.

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Both Newcastle and City will be able to begin negotiating a free move for Dembele at the turn of the year under the Bosman ruling.

He has racked up 118 appearances in his four-year spell at Barca, registering 30 goals and 21 assists.

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