The future of Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona is still yet to be made clear, but with the January transfer window now edging ever closer, both club and player surely need to find a resolution quickly if he is to stay at the Nou Camp.
That is because, from January 1, the French winger can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any club in Europe.
The makeup of United’s current squad almost dictates the need for a winger. Whilst Jadon Sancho has shown glimpses of form during his short spell at the club thus far, there isn’t a lot of cover on either flank. Mason Greenwood can play on the right but can also operate in a central role. Anthony Martial is expected to leave the club in January, while the future of Jesse Lingard is also unclear. The days of Cristiano Ronaldo playing on the wing appear to be over.
Fabrizio Romano has reported that two Premier League clubs have approached Dembele. A deal would certainly make sense for United, but they will have to fend off interest from other clubs.
Foot Mercato’s Santi Aouna has reported that Paris Saint-Germain are one of five clubs to have contacted the agent of Ousmane Dembele over a possible transfer.
If PSG were successful in bringing Dembele to the club, it would bring to an end a long-term transfer pursuit. The Frenchman revealed to Onze Mondial that he rejected a move to the French giants before completing his transfer to Barcelona.
The transfer would be an interesting one. If Dembele was to move this summer, he would have plenty of competition for places as it stands. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar occupy the three attacking positions at Parcs des Princes.
However, Mbappe’s current deal at PSG expires this summer, and he has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. Throughout much of last season, Dembele played as a centre forward for Barcelona and on both flanks at times. The French international could be a perfect replacement as far as versatile players go.
Having been the subject of a Saudi-led takeover worth approximately £300 million in October, Newcastle United will no doubt be looking to make some statement signings.
Dembele became one of the club’s first big targets. In November, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported that the player had received an “astronomical” proposal from the Magpies. They are also one of five clubs to have reportedly contacted Dembele’s agent.
The issue as far as Newcastle are concerned is which division they will be playing in next season. Eddie Howe’s side are currently 19th in the Premier League. They are two points off safety, having played two games more than 17th-placed Watford.
Despite recent signs of improvement, including a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, there’s no guarantee the Magpies will stay up.
We can’t imagine a player as talented as Ousmane Dembele plying his trade in the Championship for at least a season, even on massive wages.
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