Dembele is open to leaving Barcelona | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Ousmane Dembele is open to leaving Barcelona this transfer window as Manchester United consider an approach before Monday’s deadline.
A tiresome pursuit of their primary target, Jadon Sancho, has reached an apparent impasse with the Red Devils unwilling to meet Borussia Dortmund’s €120m asking price.
However, 90min understands that United remain confident that they can strike a deal in the short days that remain before 5 October, when the window closes. That belief is shared by all parties involved.
There are contingency plans in place if all else fails, and Dembele is on United’s list of alternative options. The French forward has failed to reach the heights expected of him since joining Barcelona, with injuries, form and off-field issues all limiting his progress so far.
Despite this, the 23-year-old has often refused to leave the club, a stance he held last summer when Barça tried to raise funds. 12 months on, it appeared his position remained in tact, but L’Equipe have now revealed that Dembele is suddenly ‘open’ to leaving Camp Nou.
It’s quite possible that Paul Pogba has had an influence on that decision. In the past few days the pair have been speaking on the phone, with the United midfielder likely trying to convince him of a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Dembele has been a peripheral figure since joining Barcelona | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side value Dembele at around €50m, a fee which Barça consider far too low to prompt them to sell. They’d be willing to part with the winger, but they expect more than what the Red Devils are keen to spend.
The player’s stance, however, does open the door for positive discussions to be held in the coming days, with the likelihood of a deal being struck far greater than before. But ultimately, United’s priority remains to sign Sancho.
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