Barca News Updates: Dembele Given Ultimatum, Xavi not likely to bench Busquets, Key Defender Considers exit, +more

So many news has been popping up from the Camp Nou and here we bring you the best of them in this new week –

Ousmanne Dembele Given 48hrs Ultimatum to sign Contract

Topping the news today is the lurking drama behind Dembele’s contract renewal. According to reports from Spanish tabloids, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has prevailed on the player through the club to clarify his contract situation.

Few weeks ago, Xavi thought that he was sure Dembele will renew his contract with the Catalan giants. However, the delays surrounding the renewal has made the former Barca skipper skeptical, insisting that the Frenchman clarifies his stand amidst series of controversies.

With this ultimatum, Dembele is expected to sign the contract at reduced terms or start preparing for life outside the Nou Camp.

• Busquets and Gerard Pique to retain starting Positions

There’s a lot of complaints about Busquets and his “slow” game in the past few fixtures. It was also visually observable against Real Madrid where the Barca captain’s error caused a goal. He has also noticeably slowed down attacks severally this season.

With the emergence of so many youngsters from the club’s ranks, fans are wondering why the veteran midfielder is still starting all matches, especially as age catches up with him.

However, there are reports that Xavi will not be resting him anytime soon as long as he is fit. Same thing applies to Gerard Pique whom the coach believes is giving what was asked of them.

• Barcelona rejected £15m Dusan Vlahovic deal in 2020 – Report

Dusan Vlahovic is unarguably one of the hottest transfer prospects at the moment with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus and even Barcelona all rumoured to be eyeing a move in the summer.

However, there is a report Barca had the chance to sign the forward for just £15m in 2020 but chose to ignore the offer. Now 21, Vlahovic is among the best at his age and Arsenal is said to be preparing a £60m deal this month to sign him.

• Sergino Dest is Considering Leaving the club for elsewhere

The arrival of Dani Alves back to the club and his impeccable performances so far has driven USMNT star Sergino Dest down the pecking order.

Often preferred and deployed by Koeman when fit, Dest has found himself frozen out of the team as the new coach thinks he lacks “positional play”. Sergino Dest has stated he will stay and fight for his place in the team. But, with the likes of Miguenza and Araujo still around, getting regular starting berths is looking slimmer by the minute.

There are reports he is now considering leaving the Catalan giants to seek for greener pastures elsewhere especially as the World Cup draws closer.

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