Manchester United weighing up move for Barcelona outcast

Manchester United have reportedly joined in the race to sign Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele this summer. The France international endured a difficult first season with the Blaugrana last term where he was hampered by injuries and a loss of form and he is now said to be eyeing a fresh challenge elsewhere.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Red Devils have joined Arsenal in the pursuit of Dembele, who was recently part of France’s World Cup-winning squad. Nevertheless, the Frenchman won’t come on the cheap for Jose Mourinho’s side with the Blaugrana said to want a fee of at least £89m for the former Borussia Dortmund man.

United boss Jose Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the restricted spending during the ongoing transfer window and the club have only managed to sign Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant for a combined fee of around £74m this summer.

Based on this, an approach to sign Dembele appears highly unlikely, though executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could go on a late spending spree in order to please an unsatisfied Mourinho.

Aside from a winger, United have been heavily tipped to pursue a central defender this month and their pursuit could go down to the wire, considering they have not reached a breakthrough with any of their targets.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina have both been linked with the club in recent days but United remain far off from agreeing upon a transfer fee for either player.

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