Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is reportedly considering a summer move to Premier League giants Manchester United.
According to a report in Spanish publication Don Balon, the 20-year-old winger hasn’t ruled out a move to Old Trafford in the summer. The report goes onto state that he has no shortage of offers and he has even rejected the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
However, the report also says Dembele hasn’t rejected Manchester United’s offer. The Red Devils have reportedly tabled an enticing amount of money and playing at Old Trafford is said to be a dream of the French international.
Dembele has has a difficult start to life at Barcelona. After his massive €145 million move last summer, a long term injury kept him out of action for nearly four months. So far this season, he has only made 20 appearances across all competitions, scoring 4 goals and registering 7 assists.
And while the report states that Dembele wishes to finish the season on a high and comeback from the 2018 World Cup with his reputation enhanced, a move to Old Trafford in the summer wouldn’t be a bad step to take at this point in his career.
At this point in time, Jesse Lingard is Manchester United’s go-to right winger. Juan Mata can also play in that position, but would be better suited to a more central role. Alexis Sanchez is at his best on the left while Marcus Rashford has been forced to play on the left as well.
Anthony Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford in the summer, so if Dembele were to join Mourinho at United, there wouldn’t be any shortage of opportunities to prove himself, with his only competition being Jese Lingard as of now.
Lightning quick, great with the ball at his feet with good eye for a cross, once he gets used to the physcial nature of the English top flight, Dembele would feel right at home in the Premier League and under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, he could go onto realise a lot of that massive potential.
Whether Barcelona allow the youngster to leave is another problem all together. The Blaugrana have paid a lot of money for the Rennes youth product and they would definitely try to recoup a large amount of what they shelled out for him.
The Catalan giants likely saw the youngster as a long term prospect and given his talent, they were right in doing so and will definitely prefer to see a return on their investment. However, while United can afford to purchase him, they may not want to part with anything close to €145 million for him just yet, but perhaps a good World Cup would change their minds.