Ousmane Dembele remained at Barcelona this summer despite interest from Manchester United and Juventus | David Ramos/Getty Images
Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele has allegedly entered talks with Italian giants Juventus over a move next summer.
The Red Devils sought to buy the Frenchman in the recently closed transfer window as an alternative for priority target Jadon Sancho, but they couldn’t reach an agreement with Barcelona over his transfer.
The Catalans wanted a permanent sale so they could reinvest the funds into Lyon skipper Memphis Depay but United were only offering a loan deal. Despite being willing to pay Dembele’s wages and offering a hefty loan fee, the Premier League outfit were unable to reach a compromise with Barça.
But according to Catalunya Radio, the maverick 23-year-old never wanted a move to Old Trafford and instead has his heart set on a switch to Juventus. Talks are said to have already taken place between Dembele and the Bianconeri over a transfer next summer.
With his future at Barcelona uncertain, Serie A is reportedly where Dembele believes he can regain his best form amid an injury-plagued spell in Catalunya since his £117m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
The Catalans were unable to land Memphis Depay as their Luis Suarez replacement | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
The Frenchman has made 75 total appearances for the club in just over three seasons – notching 35 goal contributions – but has missed 80 games due to a plethora of injuries.
Dembele was thought to be a prominent figure in Ronald Koeman’s plans at the Camp Nou this term after recovering from another hamstring injury, but the winger’s made just one appearance in La Liga thus far – with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincão favoured over the 23-year-old.
It was understood that the Frenchman would move on in the summer with the Bianconeri touted as his most likely destination before the United links.
The Frenchman has constantly battled injury during his time in Catalunya | TF-Images/Getty Images
A swap deal with Douglas Costa was believed to be discussed but nothing was agreed, with Costa instead returning to Bayern Munich on deadline day.