Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry has said the Posh will not sell Siriki Dembele this summer if the price is not right for them despite him having just a year left on his contract, speaking to Football League World exclusively.
Dembele has been an excellent player for Peterborough since his arrival with him helping them back into the Championship for 2021/22.
Naturally, those performances have attracted interest from various clubs with the likes of Rangers, Celtic and Fulham all linked with the player this summer, over a potential transfer move.
With just a year left on his deal with the Posh, some might feel that they will be looking to sell-up and get some money whilst they can before he potentially leaves on a free next summer, then, but Fry says that they’re still hoping he’s going to pen a new deal and, even if he doesn’t, they will not sell unless the price is right for them as they do not need to.
“He cost us £150,000 so we’re not going to lose a lot,” Fry said to Football League World exclusively.
“He’s been brilliant for us over three years and we’d like him to sign a new contract.
“But who knows, I’m sure before the end of August he will have played four or five games for us and somebody might say, ‘well, he’s done it in League Two, he’s done it in League One and now he’s doing it in the Championship so let’s go and get him.’
“Now and Christmas are the only two windows left for us [to sell] but if it doesn’t suit us we will not sell, we don’t need to.”
Clearly, the stance at Peterborough is that a club can sign Dembele this summer but only on their terms, and they’re evidently willing to use him next season even if he doesn’t sign a new deal and heads for a potential exit on a free transfer, which is fair enough.