Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele had been the topic of plenty of transfer rumours since January earlier this year thanks to his expiring contract at the time.
The 25-year-old rejected Barca’s initial contract offer, leading to reports that he will leave the club as a free agent. There were even claims that the French forward had a pre-contract agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer.
While Dembele let his Barcelona contract expire, he re-signed with the Catalan giants ten days after becoming a free agent. The former Borussia Dortmund ace has signed a two-year deal with the Blaugrana and has made a great start to the new season.
The Frenchman has consistently maintained that he never wished to join any club and always planned to continue at Spotify Camp Nou.
However, the PSG rumors never went away. And now Les Parisiens sporting director Luis Campos has opened up about the club’s decision not to sign Dembele in the summer transfer window, stating (h/t Fabrizio Romano):
“We didn’t sign Dembele because he’s a winger and we play a different system. I love Dembele, he’s great, but we had other plans.”
Romano adds that talks between Dembele’s camp and PSG did take place, although they were before Campos replaced Leonardo as club director. After the arrival of the former, the Parisian giants moved on to other targets.
The lack of suitors for his services may have ultimately played a key role in Dembele re-signing with Barcelona.
Whatever the reasons, the Frenchman has started the campaign brilliantly and has become a key member of Xavi’s side. He has scored two goals and set up another four in eight games across all competitions this season.