Paris Saint-Germain are also reported to be in the race for Dembele, and potentially the chance to play alongside international teammate Kylian Mbappe – who has recently penned a lucrative new deal – may prove persuasive. But Xavi will be hoping that both PSG and Chelsea will miss out on their target.
Speaking ahead of Barca’s loss to Villarreal on Sunday, he said: “It could be [Dembele’s last game], as for other players too, but he could also renew. He’s a decisive player. I really like him. I’m optimistic: I hope Ousmane will continue here at Barca.”