MANCHESTER UNITED have acquired a lift of their pursuit of Ousmane Dembele after Barcelona ready to launch a January swoop for Lyon’s Memphis Depay.
The Pink Devils had feared Barca would hold onto Dembele after their superstar youngster Ansu Fati, 17, suffered a knee injury which has dominated him out for 4 months.
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Ousmane Dembele’s transfer to Manchester United could possibly be again onCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Barcelona are lining up a January transfer for Lyon star Memphis DepayCredit score: Icon Sport – Getty
Nevertheless, to ensure that the Lyon skipper to be reunited together with his previous Holland boss Ronald Koeman on the Nou Camp, cash-strapped Barca should offload some undesirable stars – boosting United’s hopes of touchdown French ace Dembele.
After controversial president Josep Maria Bartomeu quit final month, managing committee president Carles Tusquets is steering the ship.
And the report states he mentioned signings are doable however provided that gamers are offered first.
United had turned to Dembele, 23, after failing to nab No1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund within the final window.
And the Barca ahead got here near arriving at Outdated Trafford on mortgage on deadline day earlier than pulling the plug on a transfer on the final minute with studies suggesting he favoured a transfer to Juventus.
United could land Dembele for a cut-price £45million as Barca look to recoup among the £124m they paid Borussia Dortmund for him in 2017.
Lionel Messi‘s facet want to boost fast money to restore their disastrous funds after information they must cut £171m from their budget to avoid hitting the wall.
Dembele has scored 22 targets in 82 appearances for Barca however has did not stay as much as his hefty price ticket after combating type and health in Catalonia.
Barcelona are assured of signing Depay as they’ve a great relationship with Lyon.
Private phrases are usually not regarded as a difficulty after the LaLiga giants first went in for him in the summertime.
And with Depay’s contract expiring on the finish of the season he needs to be significantly cheaper this time round because the Ligue 1 facet threat shedding him totally free subsequent 12 months.
Depay resurrected his profession after a torrid spell in Manchester by leaving for the South of France in 2017, and has bagged 59 targets and 46 assists in 148 video games for Lyon.