France international and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is set to join PSG before the end of this week, L'Equipe reports on Wednesday. Xavi Hernandez, the manager of Barcelona, also confirmed the departure from the United States.
On Monday, PSG activated the release clause mechanism by agreeing to pay €50m, though the transaction diverges from the customary framework normally used in La Liga.
Instead of that fee, this operation stems from contractual agreements struck between Barcelona and Dembele during the extension of the Frenchman's contract until the summer of 2022, as reported by L'Equipe, allowing him to exit the club by a lower fee if PSG came calling.
The procedure's formality suits both clubs and initiates a five-day window to finalize the transfer. The 26-year-old has already made his decision to sign with PSG, and it is expected that he will ink a five-year contract with the club.
PSG and Barcelona will negotiate an agreement outside the scope of the release clause, specifically concerning the payment terms, although no issues are expected and the deal will go through before the week is over.
"The transfer amount will remain fixed at €50m," regardless of the payment structure, said a source familiar with the negotiations between the leadership of Barcelona and PSG on Tuesday.
The two clubs are now working to establish different payment methods, with PSG expressing interest in spreading the settlement over several years through installments in order to ease the impact on their accounts and abide by Financial Fair Play rules.
On Tuesday, Barcelona officially informed Dembele that he could proceed to finalize the details of his future contract with PSG. The French champions have a five-day deadline to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the Catalan club.
In the event that no resolution is reached with Barça, the French champions remain committed to paying the full €50m to secure Ousmane Dembele's services and have him don the Parisian colors by Sunday.