MEGA-RICH Newcastle have reportedly submitted a ‘monster’ offer for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
It would have to be some offer though, as Marca claim Dembele’s agent is demanding £485,000-A-WEEK for his client to sign a new deal at Barcelona.
And that’s with an extra £12.5million in agent fees and a £25m signing bonus on top.
That figure is ‘out of the possibility’ for cash-strapped Barca, who had been hoping to die Dembele down to a new contract on a lower wage than he currently earns.
But tense talks between the two parties hit a stumbling block and it’s reported that Dembele rejected Barca’s offer of a new deal.
The Frenchman’s representatives have always preferred him to leave Barcelona in order to cash in on a hefty commission fee.
Most read in Football
JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)
And now mega-rich Newcastle are eager to swoop in.
Dembele has offers from the Premier League in the form of two clubs from the English top-flight.
One of those appears to be the Magpies, with contact made between Newcastle and Dembele’s entourage.
Howe is eyeing a marquee signing following the £300m Saudi-backed takeover in October.
Dembele is free to officially sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club from TOMORROW.
But Newcastle face competition for the signing of the 2018 World Cup winner.
Barca boss Xavi is keen for a resolution to be found in contract talks so Dembele can stay at the club, while Manchester United are also rumoured to be interested.
Dembele’s France team-mate Anthony Martial seems destined to leave the club in January, with the Red Devils looking at Dembele as a potential replacement.
Tottenham too have been credited with an interest in Dembele in recent weeks, as Antonio Conte looks to shake things up in North London.
Read our Transfer News Live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals