Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pursuit of a right winger before slamming the transfer window could produce results if it is reported that Barcelona underdogs Ousmane Dembele may swap Camp Nou for Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old Frenchman Dembele has flattered himself to be deceived in Catalonia since he was transferred to the La Liga giants in 2017 with 145 million euros. He has only scored 19 goals in 72 games for the club in all competitions was interrupted by an injury, but his time in Spain could be near the end after Manchester United denounced their interest in the player as a resilient option for the apparently failing Had registered pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is considered an admirer of Dembele but already has three main options for his attack – Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and child prodigy Ansu Fati. The club are also keen to raise more funds to close a deal for Lyon-based player Memphis Depay after allowing Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal to leave the company.
According to Spanish publication AS, Barcelona have given Manchester United permission to discuss the terms with Dembele and the player is expected to suffer a significant loss. The fees range from GBP 45 million (EUR 49 million / USD 58 million) to GBP 65 million (EUR 71 million / USD 84 million).
Other reports say a Dembele move to Old Trafford could be on loan for a season.
United boss Solksjaer was keen to step up the right side of his attack. Only Daniel James was considered a natural right winger in the Norwegian squad. The club had persistently pursued the young Englishman Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but were initially put off by the price tag associated with him.
It was also reported on Tuesday that United had returned with another offer that was closer to Dortmund’s original asking price for Sancho. However, it has been declined as the player is no longer available in this transfer window.
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Dembele’s addition to Solksjaer’s ranks would fill a position of need in the Red Devils roster – but the fact that it will most likely not be Sancho doing so could be seen as the latest in a long line of mistakes in the transfer policy of the Manchester clubs.
Porto’s Brazilian full-back Alex Telles is another target for Solskjaer. The club are said to have started talks with an initial transfer of £ 12million for the player, whose contract will expire in less than a year.