Man Utd ‘amplify interest’ in £120m Barcelona star

Date published: Monday 29th March 2021 11:13 - Will Ford

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Manchester United have ‘amplified their interest’ in Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

The 23-year-old – who has struggled with form and injuries since his £120million move from Borussia Dortmund – has enjoyed a decent season at the Nou Camp, with nine goals and four assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.

The Frenchman’s current deal expires in the summer of 2022, and while reports suggest an extension is a priority for Ronald Koeman and the Barca bosses, United plan to reignite their interest in the winger.

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Sport (via Sport Witness) claim the Premier League giants have ‘continued contact’ with the player’s representatives having failed to sign him last summer and have ‘amplified their interest’ following his improved performances. They’re on the ‘attack’, attack, attack…

But new Barcelona president Joan Laporta hopes to persuade Dembele to agree a contract extension and Koeman sees him as an ‘important pillar’ of the team going forward.

The report claims Dembele’s demands are ‘high’, which will be the ‘main stumbling block’.

If an agreement isn’t reached, Barcelona may reportedly be forced to make the 23-year-old available in the next window to avoid losing him for free the summer after.

United could stump up some cash to land Dembele through selling Anthony Martial, with Rob Lee claiming the forward has a “terrible attitude”.

Lee said: “He’s such a talented lad, he’s quick and he can finish well but some days, he just doesn’t seem interested.

“His attitude seems terrible. So yeah, if somebody would give me £50million for him, I’d snap their hand off.”

He added: “I look at him some games and think he’s unstoppable, but then I look at him other games and I think he should be playing Sunday League football.

“I honestly do and I think if you can’t get yourself up to play for a club, like Manchester United, then where are you going to go and what you’re going to do?”

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