Arsenal, Man United & Ousmane Dembele
In the past week or so, stories have floated about linking Arsenal with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
Those transfer rumours were stoked when Dembele hung out with a group of Arsenal players in London last week.
Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona last summer from Borussia Dortmund. However the French World Cup winner had a difficult first season at the Camp Nou.
After picking up an early season injury, Dembele only played a handful of matches for Barcelona.
In the past few days Spanish radio station RAC 1 reported that Arsenal may be about to swoop for Dembele.
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) August 2, 2018
Now those rumours have been recycled by Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo.
Expanding the story to the next level Man United are name-dropped by Mundo Deportivo as vying with Arsenal for Dembele.
Unai Emery vs Jose Mourinho
Mundo Deportivo announce that Barcelona would seriously consider any offers for Demeble of €100 million.
MD report that Unai Emery “loves” Dembele, and the coach is cooking up a plan to land the French forward.
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) August 7, 2018
It’s claimed that Arsenal would offer Barcelona €10 million to sign Demebele on a season-long loan. At the same time, Arsenal would agree to buy Dembele for €90m once that loan deal expires next summer.
As for Man United, Jose Mourinho’s interest in Dembele is connected to Anthony Martial’s Old Trafford future.
MD believe that if Martial leaves Man United, Mourinho would look to sign Dembele.
But is there enough time in the transfer window to facilitate that merry-go-round?
It’s worth adding that Dembele’s standing at the Camp Nou may have been hit this summer by the arrival of Malcom.