Barcelona make final decision on Ousmane Dembele amid Man Utd transfer interest

Dembele is out of contract at the Camp Nou this summer and is set to leave Barca as a free agent
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There will be significant interest in the French international forward, who the Catalan giants agreed to part with £105million – in a deal rising to a potential £135m – to sign from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

A wide forward who is capable of playing on either flank due to his two-footed ability, Dembele is able to utilise his technical ability, speed, and agility to beat opponents and open defences.

Dembele has long been on the radar of Manchester United and the club explored the possibility of signing him on a loan deal at the end of the 2020 summer transfer window.

Concerns over his injury track record, wages and the lack of a long-term commitment meant the club scuppered the deal, but interest has been revived this year.

Talk of a swap deal between the clubs for Dembele and Anthony Martial has been floated, although these moves are typically wrought with complications.

The Red Devils are not short of pacey, direct attacking options from wide in a similar style to Dembele – Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho – but it is indicative of how he would be a stylistic fit at Old Trafford.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser have reported that Dembele has already definitively made his mind up on his future.

Not only is the Frenchman set to leave the Camp Nou, but he has heart set on a move to the Premier League this year.

Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko has fuelled speculation on his client’s exit by claiming that money is not the only obstacle to a new deal.

Sissoko has said: "It is about the day-to-day management.

“That he played against Linares, without training and after coming out of Covid is difficult to understand."

Dembele is a supremely gifted footballer and despite all his injury setbacks, remains at a prime age and his availability as a free agent will spark interest across elite clubs.