Barcelona Take Hardline Stance On Ousmane Dembele Amid Newcastle United Interest

Barcelona are ready to let Newcastle United target Ousmane Dembele sit in the stands for the rest of the season if he does not sign a new contract with the club in the coming weeks.

The 24-year-old winger is in the final year of his contract at Barcelona and so far there is no agreement over a new deal with the club.

The Catalan giants have been trying to convince him to sign on fresh terms, but have not yet succeeded, and want a decision from him in the coming weeks.

Newcastle are reportedly in talks with Dembele to sign him on a free transfer next summer and are prepared to offer him a five-year contract worth €15m per season.

But according to Barcelona-based daily Sport, the Catalan giants are ready to get tough to force the Frenchman into signing a new contract.

It has been claimed that Barcelona will force Dembele to spend the rest of the season in the stands if he does not sign a new deal.

The Catalan giants do not want to lose him on a free transfer and have taken a hardline stance to force the issue.

Barcelona are prepared to banish him from the first-team squad and not let him play a single minute of football if a new contract is not agreed.

As things stand, Dembele will be free to agree on a pre-contract with any of his suitors from January onwards.

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