Ousmane Dembele is edging closer to a Premier League swap as two unnamed clubs are said to be closing in on an £18m deal for the out-of-favour Barcelona winger
- Ousmane Dembele is out of contract this summer so is available for a cut price
- His wages could prove a stumbling dock for any club looking to sign the winger
- The Frenchman is reported to be looking for a salary of £210,000 a week
- Dembele dropped down the Barcelona pecking order after his contract issues
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is hoping to secure a move to the Premier League before Monday’s deadline.
The France international, who has failed to agree terms on a new deal with the Spanish side, is available for around £18m as he is out of contract in the summer.
He has been offered to a number of English teams but it is understood his representatives are focusing on interest from two clubs in particular, as yet unnamed.
Ousmane Dembele could move to a Premier League club before the close of the window
Dembele is out of contract in the summer meaning he is available for a cut price of £18 million
Newcastle have been credited with an interest but Dembele’s wages of around £210,000 a week are considered too much for their structure and the player would ideally join a club competing for European places.
Dembele had a meeting with Barca coach Xavi last week and underlined that he was committed to training and playing despite not agreeing new terms.
However, in a separate meeting with members of the Barcelona board it was made clear that he should continue looking for a new club. their intent was made all the clearer with their move for Wolves winger Adama Traore.
Dembele has dropped down the pecking order at Barcelona following his contract issues
Barca need Dembele off their books before they can register another forward and are hoping the Premier League clubs bite before Monday.
They have asked Atletico Madrid for Alvaro Morata, currently on loan with Juventus, and have asked about a loan for Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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