He can talk to clubs outside La Liga this month and there are a number of Premier League clubs monitoring his situation.
They were also unhappy that this request coincided with the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City – a player they believe plays in the same position.
Barca are said to have reassured them that Torres will play more as a No.9. Nevertheless, Dembele and his representatives want a similar deal to Torres.
Ousmane Dembele has fallen out with Barcelona over his proposed new contract
The France attacker is so far not signing the offer of a new contract with his current deal set to expire in the summer.
Dembele and his agent Moussa Sissoko are said to have been disappointed by Barca’s request for him to take a pay cut in his new terms.
Reports in Spain also claim Barca are unable to register Torres until Dembele accepts the terms on offer – or leaves.
Barca officials have put the ball firmly in Dembele’s court in recent public comments, urging him to sign the deal.
Sky Sports News has been told that, if he does not, Barca will push for his sale to another club this month. And if he does not go, they are even prepared to keep him away from the first team until his deal runs out.
The stand-off did not affect his performance on Wednesday night, however. Dembele scored against Linares in the 2-1 Copa del Rey victory. Blackburn in talks for Hedges, Souttar and Zeefuik
Blackburn are in talks to sign Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges, write Lyall Thomas, Anthony Joseph and Alan Myers. His Aberdeen contract expires this summer so he is free to speak to clubs outside Scotland. Aberdeen have tried to keep him but he wants to go back to the Championship.
Rovers are also interested in John Souttar at Hearts but face competition from a number of other clubs including Rangers. Sky Germany are also reporting that Blackburn are close to signing Hertha Berlin’s Deyovaisio Zeefuik on loan. Manager Tony Mowbray has targeted a right back with Ryan Nyambe’s future uncertain.
Blackburn had a bid turned down for Hedges at the end of the summer window. Image:
Aberdeen’s Ryan hedges is a target for Blackburn Rovers