Manchester United ‘STILL want to sign Ousmane Dembele’ despite Barcelona pulling the plug on a loan last year … with the Red Devils weighing whether to offer cash this summer or wait for the winger to be a free agent in 2022
- Manchester United failed to sign Ousmane Dembele last year
- Barcelona withdrew from the deal when the winger refused to sign a new contract
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still enthusiastic about Dembele after an impressive season in Spain
- United reportedly could offer cash this summer – or wait and sign it for free
- Barça wants Dembele to sign a new contract after leaving injury problems behind
Manchester United will make a second attempt to sign Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele – this summer or next – according to Spanish newspaper Sport
The Red Devils thought they’d struck a deal last year to get the winger on loan, but Barça withdrew when Dembele refused to sign a new one-year contract.
However, the France international has made an impression in La Liga this season and United have not given up hope of luring him to Old Trafford.
Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé
Dembélé, in action for France on Sunday, was in good shape for Barça this season
Sport claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stake in Dembélé has grown over the past six months and that United is weighing up how to approach a deal.
The Premier League giants could reportedly offer Barcelona cash for the former Borussia Dortmund star this summer as his contract continues to expire.
Dembélé’s current deal expires at the end of next season, with Barça officials reportedly making an extension a “ priority move ” following its resurgence.
However, United is also investigating the possibility of allowing the 23-year-old to transfer for free in the summer of 2022 should he fail to put a new contract on paper.
Dembélé is having a great season for Barcelona – statistics thanks to www.sofascore.com
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in bringing Dembele to Old Trafford
Sport say United has kept in touch with Dembele’s representatives and has expressed their interest in bringing him to Manchester.
The ex-Rennes starlet could expect a hefty application fee from United if he chose to see his Barcelona deal and go free.
Dembele has been plagued with injury problems since moving to Spain in 2017 for an initial fee of £ 96 million, with an additional £ 35 million in potential add-ons.
Dembele will no longer have a contract in 2022, and United are considering when they should go for him
However, he is enjoying a fine campaign under manager Ronald Koeman and Barca wants to tie him to a new deal to avoid losing him for nothing.
Sports world claim a contract extension is a ‘priority’ for new president Joan Laporta Sport report that Dembele’s salary requirements could be an issue as the Catalan giants look to cut costs.
If they fail to agree new terms with the French forward by the summer, Barca will likely cash him in – potentially opening the door for United.