Ousmane Dembele plans to join Arsenal in a better summer move after growing unstable life at Barcelona. On 25 August 2017, La Liga side Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement to sign Dembélé for €105 million plus a reported €40 million add-ons.
On 28 August, he had his medical and signed a five-year contract, with his buyout clause set at €400 million. Barcelona had just sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million, so the deal meant that Dembélé became the joint-second most expensive player (in euros), along with Paul Pogba.
Rennes received a reported €20 million from Borussia Dortmund as a result of the sale, and Évreux 27 were also due part of the fee. He was handed the number 11 jersey that was previously held by Neymar. However, the 20-year-old’s time in Catalan hasn’t gone smoothly as he’s played just 360 minutes of La Liga football this season after missing the majority of the campaign with a thigh injury.
Despite returning to full fitness in January, Dembele has struggled to force his way in to Ernesto Valverde’s starting eleven and it’s led to speculation the attacker is frustrated at Barca. According to report, Arsenal are desperate to offer the French international a fresh here in London and will attempt to sign Dembele this summer.