Ousmane Dembele is being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before Monday’s transfer deadline. The Barcelona star is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at a time where the club are struggling to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. So Express Sport will take a look at the latest news and gossip about a potential deal.
Star issues demand
Dembele has told Manchester United he’s ready to move to Old Trafford.
But only if he’s given a long-term contract, The Times claim.
The 23-year-old still has many years ahead of him and, initially, was hoping to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place under new boss Ronald Koeman.
However, he now appears to have changed his mind and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.
Whether United give him a lengthy deal, however, is something only time will tell.
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Barcelona are reportedly unhappy at United’s approach to any potential Dembele deal.
Mundo Deportivo say the Catalan giants are displeased by the Red Devils wanting a loan, rather than signing the France international on a permanent basis.
Barcelona want to get Dembele off the books, with the La Liga giants interested in signing United flop Memphis Depay as his replacement.
Yet, as things stand, that doesn’t look likely to happen.
United can sign Depay themselves because of a buyback clause in his contract but Dembele, instead, appears to be their preferred target.
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Liverpool are still keen on signing Dembele despite landing Diogo Jota from Wolves.
Sport say the Reds were surprised when the France international rebuffed their advances in the summer.
But Klopp is still interested and Dembele is said to be listening to an offer from the Merseyside giants despite United’s interest.
However, as things stand, a move to Old Trafford appears more likely.
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Bamba gives Dembele approval
Cardiff star Sol Bamba feels Dembele can be good signing for United, telling Sky Sports: “He’s a similar sort of player to Sancho. “He’s direct, likes to take people on and score goals.
“I see why United decided to go for him if they don’t get Sancho, but I think the Sancho situation is going on and on and they might have to go on to another target, because if you’re not going to get the player you have to move on and get the second target.
“I think it would be a good signing for United. I know him a bit, he’s a good lad.
“I do think he needs to stay fit because if he stays fit he is an unbelievable player.
“Unfortunately he has been injured too much at Barcelona, but I think he needs a change of scenery, a change of country maybe and I think United will be the right move for him.”
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