A Manchester United move for Ousmane Dembele looked a real possibility over the summer. Now, a winter window move could well be on the cards.
It wasn’t too long ago when Ousmane Dembele was regarded as one of the best up-and-comers in the world, as he lit the Bundesliga alight with some scintillating performances for Borussia Dortmund.
However, since a move to FC Barcelona, things have rapidly gone downhill for the Frenchman. Injuries have decimated a promising career, while it looks as though Dembele is struggling to get back on track at the Camp Nou.
A move away then, could be in his best interests. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a keen admirer. Why else would United try and convince him to join over the summer?
The story comes from Mundo Deportivo (Monday print edition), translated via the excellent Sport Witness. They named United (along with Juventus) as a ‘persistent suitor’ to sign the 23-year-old winger.
What’s interesting to me, though, is that Barcelona are ‘seriously considering’ a January sale due to the fact that Dembele is ‘reluctant’ to renew his current deal, which ends in the summer of 2022.
Dembele wasn’t cheap. He cost around £100million to acquire, with Barca obviously looking to recoup as much of that as possible. However, during these COVID-19 times, clubs are understandably reluctant to splash the cash.
Right-wing is still a position of need
With Mason Greenwood continuing to miss games for one reason or another, that right-hand side of the attack is still a massive problem. A January move for Dembele could help us make a second-half of the season title push, while we’ll still (hopefully) be fighting it out in the Champions League at that point, too.
I do have major concerns about Dembele’s injury record, though. With that in mind, Jadon Sancho still has to be the primary target. The problem is, he’d be even more expensive and a deal for the Englishman probably wouldn’t be viable in the mid-season window.
For now, I’d urge United to approach with caution. Signing Dembele would be a risk and at this juncture, I’m not sure it’s one worth taking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who, may well lose his job if it doesn’t work out…
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