Manchester United were heavily linked with Ousmane Dembele in the last days of the summer transfer window but in the end, they were unable to lure the Frenchman.
France Football have today revealed that the Red Devils were very close to securing the playmaker but the Les Bleus winger made his decision which in turn ruined a major deal for Barcelona as well.
The renowned French outlet have reported that 48 hours before the transfer deadline, Manchester United agreed a deal with the Catalan giants to sign the 23-year-old star.
That deal would have helped the Spanish giants to get rid of the player’s big wages and enabled them to sign Memphis Depay from Lyon. Moreover, Algerian Islam Slimani was in line to leave Leicester in order to replace Depay.
With only 5 hours remaining in the summer transfer window, the pre-filled documents were sent to the players to complete the transfer and everything depended on the decision of Ousmane Dembele.
The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker, 3 hours before the closure of the window, informed Barca that he does not want to leave the Nou Camp.
The decision infuriated manager Ronald Koeman, who wanted to bring his favorite, Memphis Depay to Barcelona. The Dutch boss told Dembele that he would have a difficult season if he opts to stay, however, that did not change the player’s mind and eventually, Depay and Slimani had to stay put as well.
In the end, France Football claim that there may be another twist in this transfer saga in the winter transfer window.
The £215,000-a-week star (The Sun) mainly played as a CAM for Dortmund but Barca have mostly utilized him as a winger. Unfortunately, the talented man has spent a lot of time out injured since moving to Spain and now, he warms the bench under the new manager.
At Old Trafford, we all know the first choice to improve the attack was Jadon Sancho but we failed to sign him and also failed in luring any alternative. In your view, who should Manchester United sign to improve their offense in the winter transfer window?