According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United have reportedly ‘deepened’ their interest in signing Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.
The right wing has become a bit of a problem area for the Red Devils in recent years, as the club have somewhat adopted a revolving door policy, with Adnan Januzaj, Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez being given the boot, leading Rio Ferdinand to take aim at the board over the “most frustrating” element of their transfer policy.
Keeping this in mind, the Spanish publication claims Dembele is itching to leave the Nou Camp, which has led Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reignite his interest in the winger.
It’s claimed that the Red Devils are interested in a loan deal but Barcelona want to get him off their colossal wage bill as they find themselves in financial disarray.
There’s no two ways about it, if Ed Woodward is even for one minute contemplating a move for Dembele, then he needs to take a long, hard look at himself.
No matter how hard he tries, his legacy will forever be tarnished by his injury history, which makes for pretty grim reading.
The fact that the 23-year-old made just five appearances in La Liga last season, having missed the majority of the campaign with a recurring hamstring injury, says it all really.
If you compare his performances to Solskjaer’s priority target Jadon Sancho, there’s almost no comparison needed, as the Borussia Dortmund speed demon is simply in a different league to the former France international.
Lionel Messi has said that his teammate is “frightening in training” but his performances on the pitch seem to suggest otherwise.
As per WhoScored, Dembele is averaging fewer shots and fewer key passes on average per game than Sancho so far this season, whilst the 20-year-old has also scored more goals and supplied more assists in all competitions so far.
Valued at £45m via Transfermarkt, Woodward would be heading for an imminent disaster if he was to sign the Barcelona flop instead of Sancho, who is arguably a better player in almost every facet of the game.
AND in other news, Manchester United must cash in on Timothy Fosu-Mensah in January…