It’s been a frustrating transfer window for fans of a Manchester United persuasion, and with less than 12 hours to go until the deadline, any potential hope of signing Ousmane Dembele is now believed to be over.
The World Cup winner had emerged as an alternative to Jadon Sancho, the Red Devils having so far refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s €120 million valuation for the England international.
Despite United’s defensive frailties being laid bare for all to see in their hugely humiliating 6-1 reverse to Spurs on Sunday afternoon, Manchester United are still believed to be keen on landing a right-sided forward before Monday night’s deadline.
However, it seems like that player will not be Dembele, with French outlet RMC Sport having declared that the deal is off – the player ‘focussed’ on remaining at the Nou Camp – even though Ronald Koeman has favoured fellow attackers Ansu Fati, Trincao, and Pedri in the opening weeks of the La Liga season.
It had been reported that Barcelona would be willing to sell the Frenchman for around £60 million in order to raise funds to bolster their squad – former Man Utd forward Memphis Depay thought to be a target – though the Old Trafford outfit were only believed to have been keen on signing the 23-year-old on loan.
United are however expected to be active on deadline day, with Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles believed to be in Manchester to complete their respective moves, while they have also been linked with highly-rated Uruguayan teenager Facundo Pellistri.
We await to see if they move on to other targets having seemingly missed out on Dembele, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr having previously been linked.