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Newcastle United have received a boost after the breakdown in contract negotiations to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. The club has been in talks with Dembele for several months about a new contract with changed terms, but they were stunned when they received the French star’s wage claims.

The Catalan giants are still trying to manage their payroll after forced Lionel Messi to leave for Paris Saint-Germain for free.

Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic, Emerson Royal and Sergio Agüero left the club in 2021 when club president Joan L -orta tried to ease the club’s financial burden.

After opening talks with Dembele and his agent Moussa Sissoko, Barca hoped to reach an agreement with the 24-year-old.

It became clear that the two parties were hoping to reach an agreement, with both the club and coach Xavi Hernandez optimistic that Dembele would stay.

But that changed when Dembele, who cost the club £ 107mn to sign from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, asked for a salary that exceeded Barca’s financial reach.

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The meeting between the two parties took place on Wednesday, when Sissoko, as announced by Spanish television broadcaster TV3 via Marca, was demanding a salary of 30 million euros per year (£ 25.2 million) for his client, which is one of the French winger’s A mammoth salary of £. guaranteed 494,000 per week.

It is alleged that he also asked to include add-ons based on the number of games his client had played, and EUR 15 million (£ 12.8 million) in commission and a renewal bonus of EUR 30 million (£ 25.2 million) ) to demand.

Marca report that Barca actually responded by offering Dembele a cut in his base salary, with bonuses based on his performance.

The winger has missed more than half of the La Liga giant’s games since joining Spain as muscle injuries hampered his time at the club.

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It is alleged that he also asked to include add-ons based on the number of games his client played, as well as a commission of 15 million euros (£ 12.8 million) and a renewal bonus of 30 million euros (£ 25.2 million) ) to demand.

Marca report that Barca actually responded by offering Dembele a cut in his base salary, with bonuses based on his performance.

The winger has missed more than half of the La Liga giant’s games since joining Spain as muscle injuries hampered his time at the club.

He has yet to score in his eight games for Blaugrana this season after missing another difficult period due to injury.

And it seems that by offering a contract based on the number of games they play, the club are hoping to encourage Dembele to get back into full sh -e.

With the two parties far  -art in terms of an agreement, the French international could be looking for his next lucrative payday elsewhere.

Newcastle are one of the clubs that asked about Dembele’s signing in January. Eddie Howe is eager to strengthen his squad to prepare for the battle for relegation.

Marca’s report alleged that more than one Premier League club had inquired about its availability, with speculation suggesting that Manchester United might also be interested.

But money is not an issue for Newcastle owners, the Public Investment Fund, which backed Howe with a transfer war chest during the winter transfer window.

Fulfilling Dembele’s demands would easily make him the highest paid player in Newcastle history and one of the top earners in the Premier League.

The club is keen to get a marquee signing a letter of intent and the c -ture of Dembele, who left contract this summer, would be a huge boost.

Dembele is self-isolating at home after testing positive for Covid, suggesting he will miss Barcelona’s game against Real Mallorca on Sunday.

But in the background, his agent Sissoko could make his next move, with a move to Tyneside.

Dembele is self-isolating at home after testing positive for Covid, suggesting he will miss Barcelona’s game against Real Mallorca on Sunday.

But in the background, his agent Sissoko could make his next move, with a move to Tyneside.

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