An update has emerged regarding a possible move to Newcastle for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Frenchman’s agent has been in contact with the Magpies over a potential transfer in 2022.
The report claims that his representatives are speaking with both Newcastle and Juventus as his Barcelona contract continues to wind down. Both clubs will be able to secure a pre-contract agreement with the forward in January, as his current deal expires at the end of the season.
PIF must take advantage of this situation with Dembele and strike a January deal for his services. They are in talks with his agent and that suggests there is a realistic chance of something happening between the two parties, as otherwise they would be wasting their own time.
The biggest stumbling block could be the challenge of Juventus, but Newcastle could tempt him with the prospect of regular first-team football and an opportunity to play in the Premier League. In Turin, he may not be a regular first-choice starter ahead of the likes of Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala and Dejan Kulusevski.
Bringing Dembele to St James’ Park could be a dream deal for Newcastle as he has proven himself at the top level whilst still having plenty of room to develop even further. The forward has scored 15 goals and provided eight assists in his last 42 starts for the Spanish giants in La Liga, showing that he can provide quality in the final third.
Former Barcelona icon and current PSG forward Lionel Messi once lauded the French attacker as a ‘phenomenon’ whilst playing alongside him. 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.”
If Messi rates the £45m-rated wing wizard highly, that says a lot about the talent he possesses. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner believes that Dembele has a very high ceiling and Newcastle could help him get there by offering a platform to excel in the top-flight in England.
Therefore, PIF must ensure that they can pin him down to a pre-contract agreement in January by negotiating terms with his agent. He could improve the current squad with his goals and assists whilst still holding the potential, at the age of 24, to increase his value and improve further in the future, which is why it would be a dream deal for the Tyneside club.