Man United have had an underwhelming transfer window, though they’re not done yet with a potential Ousmane Dembele loan move being talked up.
A Jadon Sancho deal looks pretty much lost. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly looking elsewhere. He’s turned to Dembele, who is struggling to cement his place within the first-team squad at the Camp Nou.
According to Sky Sports, United are in talks about a late loan move for the 23-year-old forward, with the Reds keen to sign a winger before the October 5th transfer deadline.
Sky state that Sancho was the first choice option, though Dembele represents a strong back-up alternative for the Baby Faced Assassin.
Dembele, who cost Barcelona a whopping £95million, has massively struggled with injuries. His inability to keep fit has cost the Frenchman dearly, with the Catalonian outfit now ready to call time on his La Liga career – at least in the short-term.
This isn’t the first time Dembele has been linked with a United move this transfer window. In fact, we’ve covered a few stories that talk up Reds’ interest in the wide-man.
However, it’s pretty obvious Dembele is nothing but a back-up plan.
So would a Man United move for Dembele on loan make sense?
Well, he’s no Sancho. However, this is a relatively risk-free deal. After all, United would have no obligation to buy Dembele outright if it doesn’t go how they hope.
It’s a move that would give United some much-needed depth for a season. Though there’s a big question mark remaining about Dembele’s fitness.
I struggle to believe that, if he can’t keep fit in Spain, how on earth does he plan to do it in the more combative Premier League? In theory, if he can stay off the treatment table, it could be an absolute masterstroke. Unfortunately, I just don’t see that happening.