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According to Cuatro, Barcelona are desperate to keep Ousmane Dembele, but cannot match Newcastle’s offer of a fresh start in the Premier League.

What’s the story?

Well, Cuatro address a report from Foot Mercato, which claims that Newcastle are in talks to sign the £212,000-a-week forward.

Dembele’s contract expires in June, and Barcelona are desperate to keep him, although they are struggling financially.

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In fact, they would even like him to take a pay cut, which doesn’t seem likely with Newcastle offering him the chance to earn fortunes.

Cuatro add their own information, stating that Barcelona cannot match what Newcastle are offering the 24-year-old.

The Spanish news outlet believe the Magpies are offering Dembele €15m-a-year to move to Tyneside (£12.7m-a-year).

Additionally, Amanda Staveley and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia are willing to hand the Frenchman a €15m (£12.7m) bonus if he runs his contract down and joins on a free transfer.

That is a ridiculous amount of money, and if it hasn’t turned Dembele’s head, we’d be very surprised.

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Of course, there’s no denying that Dembele is an exceptional footballer, who improves most teams in Europe – when fit, that is.

Since joining Barcelona in a £135.5m move from Borussia Dortmund, the World Cup winner has missed 96 games due to injuries.

If Newcastle are going to hand him the figures Cuatro believe they will, then there must be some assurance given that Dembele can stay fit.

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It would be a woeful start to PIF’s reign if their marquee signing spends more time in the treatment room than on the pitch at St James’ Park.

If the Magpies can guarantee Dembele’s availability, then whoever replaces Steve Bruce could have an exceptional wing partnership.

A duo of Allan Saint-Maximin and Dembele is enough to give any Premier League full-back nightmares, in our view.

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