OUSMANE DEMBELE has ended transfer speculation by signing a new deal with Barcelona until 2024, reports suggest.
Dembele, 25, has been linked with a move away to Chelsea in recent months after his Barca deal came to an end in June.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, however, the winger arrived at the Blaugrana’s offices last night and reached a “full agreement” with the club that will see him reduce his salary.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, the France international has accepted an offer that’s 40 per cent lower than the one he rejected in December.
The 25-year-old will receive around €6million (£5.1m) net per season, which is the same amount as Ansu Fati.
That works as a transfer blow for Chelsea, who were among the teams keeping tabs on the Frenchman.
The Blues need reinforcement in attack after record signing Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan.
Hakim Ziyech has also been linked with a loan move of his own to AC Milan.
However, the West Londoners look set to bounce back after sealing a reported £50m deal with Manchester City for Raheem Sterling.
Sterling underwent a medical in London and is waiting for the full results before linking up with his new team-mates in the United States for pre-season.
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Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 following a £110m deal.
The versatile forward has endured a number of injuries throughout his five-year stint at the Nou Camp.
But the ex-Rennes star still managed to amass a total of 32 goals and 34 assists in 150 appearances across all competitions.