Barcelona lost the player that made the club record on the transfer

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After five years, a €140m transfer fee and 149 matches, Ousmane Dembele is no longer a Barcelona player.

He was a record signing for Barcelona when he made the move from Borussia Dortmund and still remains third on the list for the Blaugrana, while he places 8th on the all-time list as per Goal.

Overall, his spell has been plagued by injuries and a failure to find a rhythm in the team. In a cruel trick of fate, only during his final months at the club with Xavi Hernandez did he have both his fitness and the trust of the manager.

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He could still resign for Barcelona, but it would count as a signing rather than a contract renewal, as per Sport. That means he would cause a larger hit to Barcelona’s salary limit this season and significantly reduces his chances of rejoining the club.

If this is the definitive end of the Dembele-Barcelona story, it has been one marked by tension and misunderstanding. Although the fans backed Dembele towards the end, his spell at Barcelona will go down as a monumental failure, even if it isn’t all his fault.

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