05 October 2020 22:40
Manchester United are reportedly negotiating the possibility of striking a deal to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona without conducting a medical. Dembele has emerged as an alternative target to Jadon Sancho with United seemingly missing out on a deal with Borussia Dortmund. Sancho was United's No 1 priority all summer long and they had a free run at signing the 20-year-old with no other clubs showing any real intent in talks with Dortmund. Personal terms were said to be all agreed back in July but it was Dortmund's asking price which proved too much for United. They weren't prepared to pay the £108m Dortmund were demanding as they felt it was too much in the current financial climate.
There was some hope on the red side of Manchester that over time those demands would drop, but Dortmund have stood firm at their valuation and have repeatedly stated that Sancho will not be sold in recent weeks. JUST IN: Edinson Cavani 'leaves Carrington' after completing Man Utd medical Manchester United's hopes of adding a right winger to their first team squad on transfer deadline day seem to be over, with a move for Ousmane Dembele officially off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has wanted to add a right sided forward to his squad all summer, with Jadon Sancho the manager's number one target. With the chances of signing the Borussia Dortmund winger reducing rapidly by the day the Premier League club turned to alternatives with Barcelona's Dembele the main option. United have been negotiating with the Spanish side but they only wanted the Frenchman on loan, whilst Barca were only looking to sell.
Negotiations have now broken down and the 23-year-old will stay at the Nou Camp.:rotating_light: Manchester United's proposed move for Ousmane Dembele is off. #MUFC were only interested in loan whereas Barcelona wanted sale. #FCBarcelona changed stance late on & opened door to loan but only if 23yo France winger extended his contract by a year @TheAthleticUK #DeadlineDay - David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) October 5, 2020 Barcelona reportedly wanted upwards of £60 million for the former Dortmund player, who was signed to replace Neymar, but it would have been a huge risk for United. The Frenchman has suffered multiple injuries during his time at the Nou Camp so far, missing a lot of football, whilst his attitude has also been criticised, with the player reportedly being late for training on multiple occasions. Advert Since signing for €105 million, plus €40 million in add ons, in August 2017, the former Rennes man has played just 75 games in all competitions, scoring only 19 goals. Spending that much money, with the club also expected to sign two young wingers tonight, would have also likely meant the end of any chance of signing Sancho in the future. Sancho will remain in Germany. Image: PA Images United signed Donny van de Beek earlier in the transfer window, with his agent already complaining about the Dutchman's lack of starts in the league, with Alex Telles joining on deadline day. OUSMANE DEMBELE has reportedly agreed personal terms to seal a deadline day move to Manchester United. Transfer expert Duncan Castles claim the Red Devils will now thrash out a deal with Barcelona for the French winger. 1 Manchester United are nearing a deal for Ousmane Dembele Credit: Getty Images - Getty SunSport understands United are still negotiating but the two clubs have reached an impasse with the Catalans willing to sanction a permanent deal. Dembele is also reported to prefer a permanent move to Old Trafford rather than a loan, but United are only keen on a loan transfer. The 23-year-old forward had emerged as an alternative to top transfer target Jadon Sancho. SunSport revealed that the Red Devils finally gave up on getting the Borussia Dortmund star at the weekend as the Bundesliga club refused to budge on their valuation. Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was the one that opened the door to Dembele joining United on Sunday night. Dembele was an unused substitute in Barca's 1-1 draw against Sevilla having also been in the stands for the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo. And Nou Camp chief Koeman said he had no firm plans for the former Borussia Dortmund star to remain in Spain. The ex-Everton chief admitted he did not know what will happen with the European deadline for transfers kicking in tonight. Koeman said: "What is certain in the world? I don't know. "At the moment, he's a Barcelona player. There's still one day left for incomings and outgoings. Explaining why he did not play the £138m signing, Koeman added: "I opted for [Francisco] Trincao, Pedri and [Miralem] Pjanic [off the bench]. "We needed more control and that's why I made these changes." Koeman, when quizzed about Dembele leaving, previously said: "His future depends on what he thinks. I haven't spoken to him about his future.