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Man Utd and Juve in transfer tussle for Barca star

Once a £145 million Barcelona signing from Borussia Dortmund, French attacker, Ousmane Dembele may cost nothing next summer, with the 24-year-old still reportedly to make a decision about his future.

It is no secret that Barca are one of the clubs in turmoil, following the global pandemic and as a result saw their star player Lionel Messi leave the club for nothing in the summer transfer window.

Man Utd and Juve in transfer tussle for Barca star

There could well be a case of de ja vu in 2022 and both Manchester United and Juventus are said to be closely monitoring the player’s situation. Currently injured, Dembele’s time at the Catalan club hasn’t exactly been what you would call a successful one.

Signed as a direct replacement for Neymar after the Brazilian joined PSG, Dembele has failed to live up to the expectation, despite being an important player for his previous club, Dortmund.

 

Where would Dembele fit in best?

Assuming the player’s best position is as a winger if he arrived at Old Trafford that could cause some to question who would start out of him, last summer’s £75 million signing Jadon Sancho, the ever-improving prodigy Marcus Rashford, or the equally impressive Mason Greenwood on the wings.

While fellow Frenchman is more suited to a central role, it would almost certainly signify the end of his career at Old Trafford, due to their being an embarrassment of riches at the club. Both Dembele, Rashford and even Greenwood are all capable of playing through the middle and are arguably more effective in that position than Martial.

Juventus meanwhile, didn’t really replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who ironically joined former club Man Utd in the summer – Moise Kean has potential but he wasn’t a player who could step straight into the Portuguese star’s boots.

Dembele though could at least offer an improvement, plus Champions League experience and may even provide the spearhead to the Old Lady’s attack in a similar fashion to the way his compatriot, Davide Trezeguet did once upon a time.

In 81 La Liga appearances, the player has scored on just 18 occasions, in addition to supplying 14 assists, though he has age on his side and a manager like Maximilliano Allegri could well rejuvenate the talent and help him become the player that he is capable of being.

It certainly will be an interesting saga, with the player likely to have to take a pay cut to stay at Barcelona, who may not even have Champions League football to look to next season either.