At the end of his contract at Barça, Ousmane Dembélé would be in the sights of Manchester United, according to Mundo Deportivo. The French international, 2018 world champion, has the opportunity to come to an agreement with the English club from January 1 for an effective signature on July 1.
If no agreement is reached with FC Barcelona by January 1, Ousmane Dembélé will be able to engage without transfer compensation with another club for July 1. It is in this context that Mundo Deportivo said on Saturday that Manchester United are very interested in freely recruiting the French world champion. The insistence of the English club is said to be more and more increasing on the player and his agent for some time.
Always after Mundo Deportivo, Ousmane Dembélé would see himself in the Premier League. Perhaps he is, at 24, tired of seeing his Barça adventure marred by his many injuries.
« Its renewal is a priority »
Manchester United’s interest in the French winger is reportedly nothing new. A loan offer was reportedly made in October 2020, in the last hours of the summer transfer window which had been extended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The operation could have been completed, on one condition: that the player renews his contract. Which therefore did not happen.
According to the latest news, Barça still wants to sign a new contract with Ousmane Dembélé, despite the injuries and his somewhat lacking punctuality. « He can do great things, » said Dani Alves, back at Barcelona, most recently. Above all, Xavi, the new coach, was full of praise for him during his first press conference: « In his post, if he works hard and feels good, he is the best player in the world. It depends on him. For me, his renewal is a priority. I want him to extend at Barça. He has an extraordinary talent. We must help him so that he is injured less « .
Beyond the sporting aspect, an extension also has a significant financial interest for the club which, after having significantly reduced its payroll with the departure of Lionel Messi, undoubtedly needs to bring in money with transfer fees.