Man United identified Ousmane Dembélé as an alternative to Jadon Sancho in the summer, but the agreement never materialized because the winger wanted to fight for his place at Barcelona. France international has had prominence this campaign, playing 11 games in all tournaments and managing four goals and two assists in the process.
Ousmane is still on Man United’s radar and last weekend, the Blaugrana are aware of the Red Devils efforts to sign the forward. Dembele’s current contract expires in 2022 and failure from the Spanish giants to tie him down to a new contract will see him enter his final year of deal next summer.
Barcelona have long been handling the former Borussia Dortmund man’s renewal. Reports in England have talked about interest from the Norwegian manager’s side, and this is relayed in today’s Catalan paper.
Although the wideman says his desire is to continue, at Camp Nou, they know about his representatives having ‘contacts with Red Devils’ and the ‘stage is very open’. Barcelona have held negotiations with the winger’s camp over a new deal, and at the same time, Man United are ‘positioning themselves’ to sign the forward in the winter market.
The French forward is in no hurry because he’s aware time is on his side due to the duration left on his current deal. The 23-year-old winger is reaching his best version, which is why Blaugrana are hoping for a ‘big sale’ in winter in order to fund other deals. However, his continuity at the club beyond the mid-season window is still ‘unknown’.