PSG and Barcelona might be about to enter another battle following the Ousmane Dembele release-clause saga.
The French winger, currently linked to Barcelona until 2024, has an active release clause of €50m euros, set up to double in value if not executed by an external club before midnight July 31.
PSG was eager to capitalize on this opportunity to secure the 26-year-old's talents, with Dembele reportedly attracted to the ambitious project at the French club, now helmed by Luis Enrique.
The Catalan press reflects on the tense situation, raising doubts about Dembele's potential to remain at FC Barcelona, six years after his significant transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
Sport and Mundo Deportivo, the two most prominent Catalan newspapers, characterize the situation as "a highly contentious issue" between the Spanish and French football giants, going the distance as to label it "a war."
Despite Barcelona's insistence on Dembele being non-transferable, PSG's relentless pursuit has led to uncertainty and to a situation Barcelona cannot prevent given the release clause present on the player's contract.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta, executive director Mateu Alemany, and coach Xavi have reportedly made some efforts to convince the winger to stay, but the fear of PSG activating the release clause persists and the player is seemingly willing to leave for France.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele's participation in Barcelona's ongoing pre-season tour might be in question, as there are indications that he may not travel with the team to Dallas for their match against AC Milan following the matchup against Real Madrid last weekend.
The allure of Paris and a chance to win the Champions League (something that will be impossible for him at Barcelona), with a reportedly tempting five-year contract, appears to have captured the player's attention, even after recent discussions with coach Xavi.