Man Utd step up Ousmane Dembele transfer as they 'urge him to snub new Barcelona contract and join them for free'
20th November 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED want to sign Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer, according to reports.

The Barcelona star is set to enter the final six months of his contract in the coming weeks.

He will be able to negotiate with other clubs from January 1.

And Barca see renewing his deal as a huge priority.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Red Devils want to convince the Frenchman to snub the Catalan giants and join them for free.

Dembele, 24, was believed to be keen on a loan move to Old Trafford in October 2020, only for Barca to block the deal.

This time around, a number of key figures will try and convince him to stay.

Club president Joan Laporta, new manager Xavi and senior player Dani Alves will try and persuade Dembele to sign on the dotted line.

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Should he join United, the winger will have much competition for a starting berth.

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all occupy similar positions.

Dembele has made just one appearance this season, having suffered knee and hamstring injuries.

He has played 119 times for Barca in total since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, scoring 30 goals and laying on 21 assists.

According to reporter Xavi Campos, Dembele was late for training last Tuesday morning – after thinking that the session was due to take place in the afternoon.

He may have fallen foul of Xavi's new fines system, with the former midfield maestro expecting all players to arrive 90 minutes before training.

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