Arsenal chief approaches Barcelona over €100m star

Date published: Wednesday 1st August 2018 10:32

Arsenal’s transfer chief Sven Mislintat has been in contact with Barcelona over a deal to bring Ousmane Dembele to the Emirates stadium, according to a report.

The Gunners have been linked with Dembele due to the youngsters reported interest in leaving Barcelona in the wake of their signing of Malcom.

The Catalan giants signed the Brazilian talent from Bordeaux last week, fending off interest from elsewhere in the process.

Football London revealed that Arsenal chief Mislintat has chosen now as the time to contact Barcelona about Dembele’s availability, due to his worries about regular first-team football.

A winger is at the top of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s wish list, as he targets the Premier League title.

Ernesto Valverde ruled out selling Dembele in May, claiming he was a key part of his Barcelona plans.

Valverde said: “We have to realise he just got here. He’s had some injuries and getting playing time in our team is not easy.

“He’s an incredible talent, technically outstanding, he’s quick, a difference-maker.

“Maybe he needs to work on defence a little bit and some other areas. Maybe putting on pressure after we lose the ball.

“But we know he’s young, he’s had a tough season and we hope he will continue to develop next year.”

The Gunners do not have the financial muscle to sign the 21-year-old permanently, but a loan deal may be suitable for both Arsenal, and Barcelona.


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