PSG Give FC Barcelona 24-Hour Ultimatum, Threaten To Cancel Dembele Transfer: Reports – Forbes

FC Barcelona could lose out on selling Ousmane Dembele.
Paris Saint-Germain are threatening to abandon their expected purchase of Ousmane Dembele and have given his current employers FC Barcelona 24 hours to complete the deal according to Mundo Deportivo.
Dembele was believed to be on his way to completing a €50 million ($55 million) switch to the French capital last weekend until a lack of necessary documentation for PSG’s legal department held things up as reported by SPORT.
The Frenchman was called back to training from Paris on Sunday. But on Tuesday, after the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Tottenham Hotspur, sporting director Mateu Alemany appeared to confirm that the transfer would be wrapped up shortly.
“We are in the process of resolving the transfer. Dembele is no longer in the first team dynamic, otherwise he would have been at the Gamper,” Alemany revealed at full time from the Montjuic Stadium.
“Dembele is in Paris. When the agreement is signed, we will communicate the figures of the operation and with that we close another folder,” Alemany added.
On Thursday, RMC Sport reported that Dembele had finally completed his medical and would be officially bought by the Ligue 1 champions in quick succession.
In a report by Mundo Deportivo released approaching midnight in Spain, however, the Catalan daily newspaper explained that PSG’s patience is running thin with key developments such as an announcement and presentation still yet to occur.
They thought Dembele would already be on their books for Saturday’s season opener against Lorient at the Parc des Princes, but have found that Barca aren’t closing the deal and are instead slowing things down through taking their time discussing the final details of the agreement.
This has led to the Qatari-owned outfit delivering Barca an ultimatum: if they do not complete the transfer within 24 hours, PSG will pull out and wait for Dembele to become a free agent on June 30 next year.
Such a development would leave Barca at least €25 million ($27.5 million) out of pocket with the agreed €50 million set to be split with Dembele and his agent Moussa Sissoko.
Another obstacle in the way of getting the sale over the line is a dispute over how the money is divided. But Barca need as much cash as they can get while currently struggling to register players and navigate Financial Fair Play limits.
With only 12 players including Dembele registered for their club’s own season debut away at Getafe on Sunday, Alemany and president Joan Laporta will want to see Dembele off ASAP and focus on the road ahead in 2023/2024.


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