An update has emerged regarding Ousmane Dembele’s thoughts on a potential move to Newcastle.
According to Goal.com, the Barcelona attacker is open to a switch to St James’ Park next summer at the end of his contract at Camp Nou.
The report claimed that his deal expires at the end of the season and the Magpies are one of the clubs in the race to land him on a free transfer.
Newcastle fans will surely love this update for several reasons. For starters, Dembele being apparently open to a transfer to the club shows how much of an immediate impact the takeover has had on Tyneside, with top players now prepared to consider it as a viable destination.
Before the takeover, would Dembele – who Barcelona signed for £121.5m – have been tempted to join Newcastle and work with Steve Bruce after a potential midtable finish in the Premier League? It seems unlikely, although impossible to say with certainty, but now it appears to be a real possibility with the prospect of the Magpies progressing in the coming years under PIF’s ownership.
The fans might also love this news because it suggests that Dembele could be a Newcastle player by the start of next season. He has proven his quality at the top level throughout his career for France, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona, which could make him an excellent addition to the current squad.
Former Barcelona forward Lionel Messi once hailed the Frenchman, tipping him to become of the best players in the world. The Argentine said: “On the pitch he’s a phenomenon. It’s up to him where he ends up, he could be one of the best. He’s young and he is adapting.”
He has been directly involved in 51 goals in 118 games for Barcelona, having managed 10 goals and 22 assists in 50 matches for Dortmund earlier in his career. The 24-year-old has also scored four times in 27 caps for France, helping his country to win the World Cup back in 2018.
This shows that he has the ability to score and set up goals in both Germany and Spain, with Dembele producing six goals and three assists in 19 La Liga starts for Barcelona last term. Therefore, Newcastle fans would surely love the thought of him lining up alongside Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin at St James’ Park next season.