Manchester United have ‘conviction’ about the benefits of a potential swap deal with Barcelona involving Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele, according to a report.
Don Balon claims that Frenchman Dembele is back on the Red Devils’ radar following their recent interest. Indeed, United had the 23-year-old on their radar as a target in attack in the summer transfer window.
And while Edinson Cavani arrived at Old Trafford instead, the Spanish source claims they are continuing to monitor Dembele’s situation.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman ordered a clear-out of his team in the recent transfer window. Dembele was among those who stayed, but his future remains in doubt.
Indeed, Don Balon says that he does still not fully feature in his manager’s plans. As such, he reportedly remains United‘s ‘missing piece’ in their hunt to bolster their front line.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was the Red Devils’ top target, but his £108million transfer fee proved too high.
As part of the Dembele deal, Pogba could bring his second spell at United to an end to make it a swap move. The 27-year-old recently extended his contract until 2022 but is yet to pen a new long-term agreement.
What’s more, the source says he could be the one ‘left over’ by Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba has somewhat struggled for game time this season, amid United’s plethora of midfield options.
But the deal would reportedly be an ‘outright’ trade; Barcelona announced hefty financial losses earlier this year and are facing an uncertain future.
Pogba would reportedly add more ‘muscle’ to Barcelona’s midfield and allow Koeman to shift a player who looks unlikely to find a regular role in his team.
Dembele arrived at the Camp Nou as one of the world’s most expensive players in the summer of 2017. However, injuries have plagued his progress to date.
United are reportedly showing more ‘conviction’ for the swap ahead of January’s transfer window, by which time Barcelona’s stance could have softened.
Pundit questions Cavani signing
Despite the interest in Dembele, Uruguayan Cavani became United’s marquee attacking arrival in the recent transfer window.
He has shown glimpses of his talent so far but is not yet at full fitness, after several months as a free agent.
Nevertheless, Paul Ince has questioned the decision to bring the striker in.