Senior figures at Barcelona are reportedly divided over whether to withdraw the contract offered to Ousmane Dembele or not
Barcelona’s last contract offer to Dembele came way back in January.
The winger still has not accepted it, and there are just 5 days until his current deal runs out, making him a free agent.
There is still plenty of hope he signs it – despite serious interest from Chelsea he’s still not agreed a deal anywhere else, and the France international has always maintained publicly that he wants to stay at the Camp Nou.
But there is now serious consideration at Barcelona of taking that offer off the table, according to a piece from Gabriel Sans in Mundo Deportivo, via Football Espana.
This is “more to do with image than finances,” apparently, with the Catalan club feeling humiliated by the way their player is fishing for better offers, while keeping their in his back pocket.
There is currently a major split within Barca’s senior management team over what to do, but it will all be moot in a week’s time, when Dembele is a free agent.
Real Madrid winger Rodrygo will join teammates Eder Militao and Vinicius Jr. in signing improved contracts with the Spanish champions, according to AS.
The Brazilian trio was pivotal in helping Madrid win the LaLiga title and the Champions League this past season. They have all been offered contracts through June 2027, with an option to extend it for a further year, while their release clauses will also be raised to €1 billion.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly hopeful that Rodrygo, Militao and Vinicius will sign their new deals before the start of pre-season on July 8.
Rodrygo scored nine goals and set up seven more in 49 appearances across all competitions for Madrid this past season. Militao and Rodrygo’s current deals expires in 2025, while Vinicius’ deal runs out a year earlier.
Nottingham Forest have signed Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a reported club record of £17.5m.
The 24-year-old joins Forest from the Bundesliga club on a five-year deal and becomes the newly-promoted Premier League side’s first international signing of the summer.
The Nigeria international joins The Reds from Bundesliga club Union Berlin, signing a five-year-deal at The City Ground.
“I’m very excited to be here at Nottingham Forest,” said Awoniyi following his move to The City Ground.
“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and having spoken to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its great history, it’s a club that I want to be part of.
Head Coach Steve Cooper added: “There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.
“Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest.”