Arsenal signing Ousmane Dembele would surely be one of the biggest ever transfer shocks

Arsenal have been in talks with Barcelona over a move for young star Ousmane Dembele, according to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, as cited in The Express.

What’s the story?

The 21-year-old became one of the most expensive players of all time when he joined Barcelona last summer from Borussia Dortmund, but he struggled with injuries and only went on to make 17 appearances for the Spanish giants.

Now after the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux, the World Cup winner has even more competition for places at the Nou Camp and Arsenal have been rumoured to be interested in snapping up the star.

According to the report, Dembele is happy to stay at Barcelona but will listen to any offers that come in before the transfer window ends.

Sven Mislintat has reportedly been in touch with Barcelona and knows the player well after brokering the transfer last summer when working for Dortmund.

Is it likely?

If Arsenal managed to pull this off it would surely be the biggest transfer story of the summer.

Demble is widely-considered to be one of the best young footballers in the world and only joined Barcelona 12 months ago.

It would take a serious bid and a hefty contract for Arsenal to clinch him and it would be very surprising if they abandoned their current model in pursuit of one player.

That won’t stop Gunners fans dreaming and of course stranger things have happened in football.