Ousmane Dembele is studying his options to leave Barcelona after a dispute with the club’s board of directors, Lyal Thomas writes.
The French striker has yet to sign a new contract offer as his current deal expires in the summer.
He could speak to clubs outside La Liga this month and a number of Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation.
Dembele and his agent Moussa Sissoko are said to have been disappointed by Barcelona’s request for him to reduce his salary in his new terms.
Nor were they happy that this request coincided with the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City – a player they believe plays in the same position.
Barcelona are said to have reassured them that Torres will play more as the No. 9. However, Dembele and his representatives want a similar deal for Torres.
Reports in Spain also claim Barcelona are unable to sign Torres until Dembele accepts the terms of the offer – or he leaves.
Barcelona officials put the ball firmly in Dembele’s stadium in recent public comments, urging him to sign the deal.
Sky Sports News He was told that if he didn’t, Barcelona would pay to sell him to another club this month.
And if he doesn’t go, they’re willing to keep him away from the first team until his deal is done.
But the confrontation did not affect his performance on Wednesday evening. Dembele scored against Linares in a 2-1 win in the King’s Cup.
Blackburn in talks with Hedges, Sutter and Zefwick
Blackburn is in talks to sign Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges, Write Lyall Thomas, Anthony Joseph, and Alan Myers.
His contract with Aberdeen expires this summer so he is free to speak to clubs outside Scotland. Aberdeen tried to keep him but he wants to return to the Championship.
Blackburn had turned down an offer for Hedges at the end of the summer window.
Rovers are also interested in John Sutter at Hearts, but they face competition from a number of other clubs including Rangers.
Sky Germany also reported that Blackburn is about to sign Hertha Berlin’s Diovizio Zefwick on loan. Manager Tony Mowbray has targeted right-back with Ryan Nyambe’s future uncertain.
Cardiff talks about Dijon Panzo
Cardiff have opened talks with Dijon to sign England Under-21 centre-back Jonathan Banzo, Thomas Nights Reports.
QPR and Stoke are also interested in bringing the former Chelsea academy player back to England. Panzo joined Dijon from Monaco in 2020 and also spent time on loan at Club Brugge.
New York Red Bulls target Celtic player Soro
The New York Red Bulls are one of a number of MLS clubs targeting Celtic midfielder Ismael Soro, According to Anthony Joseph.
The Ivory Coast international has moved down the selection standings under Ange Postecoglou and hoops are ready to hear about either loan or permanent player offers.
Soro is also attracting interest in Israel, but it is believed that he would prefer to move to the United States.
Understandably, the New York Red Bulls have not taken any formal approach at this point and are in no hurry. However, they are aiming to sign their transfer targets before the start of the new MLS season next month.
Last season, Red Bulls signed Patrick Klimala and Cameron Harper from Celtic. And former Hobbs winger Lewis Morgan is also at the club.
Sky Sports News revealed, yesterday, that Celtic was looking to offload important players to reduce the squad, as a matter of priority.
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