BARCELONA winger Ousmane Dembele has delivered Manchester United a huge transfer blow by opening fresh contract talks at the Nou Camp.
Dembele’s current deal is due to expire in the summer and the Frenchman has been strongly linked with move to Man Utd at the end of the season.
Dembele was awarded the number 7 shirt this season after Antoine Griezmann left the club[/caption]
The 24-year-old Frenchman was believed to be keen on a loan move to Old Trafford in October 2020, only for Barca to block the deal.
And according to Barca sporting director, Mateu Alemany, 58, the player and his representation are now open to negotiating a contract extension at the club.
Alemany told Movistar after the club’s 1-0 win against Espanyol on Saturday: “With Ousmane we’ve been speaking for a few months, they know what we think.
“His desire is to stay at Barca, his agents too and they are following the project.
“They tell me they are happy with Xavi’s arrival, I am especially optimistic with Dembele and I hope he stays.”
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Barca reportedly view Dembele as an important player are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal, despite his constant injury problems.
This is despite Dembele playing just 25 minutes of football so far this season, after coming on towards the end of Barca’s 1-0 win at Dynamo Kyiv earlier this month.
He suffered a horrific thigh injury whilst playing for France at Euro 2020, and finally made his comeback this month after undergoing surgery in June.
But he is now out on the sidelines once again with a fresh hamstring injury – which he picked up just days after his Champions League cameo.
The £138m man has now missed 100 games in total through injury since signing for Barca back in 2017, having undergone three serious operations.
And the likelihood of him joining the Red Devils appears to be dwindling, with Dembele growing ever closer to committing his future to La Blaugrana.
Though Barca will have to move quickly to ensure they do not lose him for free, as he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January.
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