Barcelona have given up on the fight to keep Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona legend and manager Xavi Hernandez has thrown up and told the club to sell Dembele.
He has been trying and trying but all in vain.
Dembele’s camp appear to be resolved about their demands.
They know the Spanish giants can’t match them. So, the talks have collapsed and Barcelona chiefs have come out to tell the player and his camp they are willing to listen to offers.
Dembele is not new to such drama. Barcelona know when they received the player from German club Borussia Dortmund, it was a tug of war.
The Frenchman took to the extent of refusing to train with Dortmund to get his wish.
Indeed, the Germans accepted defeat and granted Dembele his wish to join the Spanish giants.
Well, it is four years and the player’s camp have been playing hard ball.
Talks about signing a new deal started last year. The talks appeared smooth.
It was until Barcelona started talking about salary cuts when Dembele’s camp changed the ball game.
The club’s financial woes saw their superstar Lionel Messi depart for PSG.
Some senior names at the club were asked to take pay cuts.
Most recent Dembele’s countryman Samuel Umtiti took a pay cut to allow the club confirm new striker Ferran Torres.
Barcelona chief Joan Larpota expected the same from Dembele.
The player’s agent Moussa Sissoko rejected the request well aware he could more from elsewhere.
Barcelona have realised who they are dealing with and humbled themselves to allow the player leave.
Dembele and loyalty do not rhyme. Xavi had turned to the French hot head for experience after Messi’s departure.
Now he has must deal with the situation. It is unfortunate, it mid season for find replacement.
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.