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Dembele ‘tempted’ by Barca exit as Laporta hopes star stays

Ousmane Dembele is considering moving away from Barcelona, but Joan Laporta hopes the winger will decide to stay put.

Barcelona paid an initial €105million to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and the five-year contract he received will run out next month.

There are reports Bayern Munich and Chelsea are keen on the World Cup-winning winger, who could be available on a free transfer.

Laporta acknowledged that Dembele is intrigued by the interest being shown in him.

But the Barcelona president believes he could well choose to stay at Camp Nou.

Laporta told Radio Catalunya:

“He wants to stay but is very tempted by other options that offer conditions that may be considered better than ours.

“The offer has been on the table for some time. They will respond when the season is over. We would’ve liked to have an answer sooner, but we can’t force it.

“The coach likes him, and I like him. We’ve made a significant effort to make him stay. He looks very comfortable and has a good relationship with everyone. Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] has come, and they are excellent friends.

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“He has representatives who control the situation, but I hope he stays. If not, we will reinforce that position.”

Laporta sounded more confident about the prospects of teenage midfielder Gavi signing a contract extension after an impressive breakthrough campaign with the first team.

“Let’s let the technical secretariat work. He has received an offer. I hope that Ivan de la Pena [Gavi’s agent] responds favourably to the proposal,” Laporta said.

A renewal for Dani Alves could also be on the cards as the 39-year-old right-back, who signed a cut-price deal to return Barca, eyes a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Laporta said:

“I would like him to continue. He adjusted a lot to not hurt us in the [financial] fair play issue.

“He is excited to play in the World Cup, and if he continues with that attitude, he doesn’t endanger our accounts. We’ll see.”

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