Aubameyang Lets Slip What’s Going On With Dembele at Barcelona [LOOK]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have inadvertently  let slip what is going on with teammate Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou currently.

The Frenchman is technically a free agent after his contract expired at the end of June. Dembele is expected to sign a new two-year deal with Barcelona shortly but there has been no official announcement yet.

However, Aubameyang has posted a video on Instagram stories where Dembele can clearly be seen sitting between Samuel Umtiti and Franck Kessie in the dressing room, as shown by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Barcelona are expected to make Dembele’s new deal official shortly given the Frenchman has also passed his pre-season medical checks. The forward will then be able to join his teammates for training ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

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Xavi Welcomes Dembele Back

Barcelona coach Xavi appears to have played a key role in Dembele’s decision to stay on at the Camp Nou. The manager put his faith in the Frenchman last season and insisted throughout the campaign he wanted the forward to stay on.

Xavi welcomed Dembele back to the club on Tuesday with “open arms,” according to Diario AS. The 25-year-old decided to turn up for training even though he has not signed a new contract at the club yet.

The gesture shows that Dembele “is going to accept each and every one of the conditions that Barcelona proposes in his new contract.” The forward’s new contract will include a 40% pay cut.

Dembele is also now expected to join his team-mates for their pre-season tour of the United States. The team’s first game is against Inter Miami at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Tuesday, July 19.

Xavi’s side will also take on Real Madrid, Juventus, and the New York Red Bulls on their tour before heading back to Spain. The team’s first La Liga match of the new campaign is against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, August 13.

Dembele & Raphinha Could Spell Bad News For Memphis

Dembele’s decision to stay at Barcelona will mean he adds to Xavi’s options for next season. The coach is also expected to have Raphinha available. Barca have reportedly made a new bid for the Brazilian and the deal is now in its “final stages.”

If both players are signed then it’s likely to prove bad news for Memphis Depay, as reported by Diario Sport. The Dutchman “will not have an assured place” in the team and may have to look for a new club.

Memphis has said he wants to stay but also that he wants to play. Game time will be hard to come by with Dembele and Raphinha around, and the Dutch forward will not want to be on the bench, particularly in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.

Barcelona could also be tempted to sell because Memphis only has a year remaining on his current deal. If he continues at the Camp Nou without signing a contract renewal he could leave for free in 2023.

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