Manchester United are one of three clubs gunning for the services of Barcelona superstar Ousmane Dembele ahead of the summer.
According to a report from Sport, as relayed by Fichajes, Manchester United are involved in a three-way battle with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Ousmane Dembele. The Barcelona attacker has completely fallen out of favour at Camp Nou after turning down offers to leave the club last month and help them out financially.
While Dembele has showcased his desire to remain at Barcelona in the past, he had no intention of lowering his exorbitant contract demands. It had compelled Barcelona to offload him in January, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. The forward was even linked with a potential move to Chelsea on deadline day, but his representatives had no interest in the transfer.
During the final days of the window, Dembele had also denied moves to Tottenham Hotspur and PSG while citing no interest in a move to Arsenal. His rampant rejections had even led to the collapse of the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal, though the Catalans were finally able to work out a move for the Gabonese international.
Nevertheless, the situation around Dembele has angered the Barcelona camp, who are reportedly contemplating terminating the Frenchman’s contract. The club won’t be able to save much money, but it will allow them to register all their January signings without any hiccups.
All this drama surrounding Ousmane Dembele has paved the way for Manchester United to emerge as a potential destination for the explosive forward next season. With the club expected to move on from the likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood, who has been indefinitely suspended, it is time for Ralf Rangnick to bring in new faces in the attacking unit.
Dembele fits the bill well, given his pace and trickery on the flanks. The Frenchman has struggled to live up to the expectations at Barcelona, primarily due to injuries. But he can hope for better luck in England, where players like him often tend to dominate, especially in a Manchester United team that can offer the presence of gifted stars like Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo in the final third.
However, the Red Devils will face stiff competition from PSG, who are believed to have a verbal agreement with the 24-year-old already over a potential free transfer. In addition to that, Juventus, too, are believed to be in the running for his signing, which makes sense considering that Dejan Kulusevski has signed for Tottenham while Paulo Dybala’s contract is set to expire in the summer.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Ousmane Dembele next season, as he takes the next step in his career and puts an end to a miserable spell at Barcelona.