Manchester United will only sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona on loan rather than a permanent deal, according to reports. And that means it’s ‘unlikely’ the 23-year-old will move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day. As a result Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to look elsewhere late in the day.
Manchester United are busy on transfer deadline day.
They’re currently preparing to unveil Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguay international poised to sign a two-year contract with the club following his release from Paris Saint-Germain.
Alex Telles is set to sign on the dotted line, too, with a fee for Porto being agreed on Sunday night.
And United are likely to land young duo Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri, though the former will spend the first half of the campaign on loan at Atalanta in Serie A.
They’re chasing a deal for Dembele later in the day, having accepted defeat in their battle to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Yet The Mirror say that deal will only happen should Barcelona agree to a loan.
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As things stand the Catalan giants are demanding a permanent deal for the France international, who has struggled for form and fitness since his arrival from Dortmund three years ago.
But United only want a temporarily arrangement instead, perhaps mindful of the gamble they’d be taking should Dembele arrive.
While the player has suffered at Barcelona, Cardiff star Sol Bamba recently expressed a belief that Dembele would be a good alternative to Sancho.
“He’s a similar sort of player to Sancho,” the Bluebirds star said of Dembele on Sky Sports.
“He’s direct, likes to take people on and score goals.
“I see why United decided to go for him if they don’t get Sancho, but I think the Sancho situation is going on and on and they might have to go on to another target, because if you’re not going to get the player you have to move on and get the second target.
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“I think it would be a good signing for United. I know him a bit, he’s a good lad.
“I do think he needs to stay fit because if he stays fit he is an unbelievable player.
“Unfortunately he has been injured too much at Barcelona, but I think he needs a change of scenery, a change of country maybe and I think United will be the right move for him.”
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has warned United top players may not want to come to Old Trafford because of their current issues.
“The transfer window has 24 hours to go, and they have a lot to address,” Hislop said. “Bare in mind this is a United team that many of us have been saying needs defensive reinforcements.
“Not just reinforcements, they need a defensive overhaul.
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“The counter to that is that Manchester United had one of the better defensive records in the Premier League last season.
“Looking at their performances, the stats don’t back that up.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent the whole summer chasing attacking players, but he was only able to land Van de Beek, which says a lot in itself about United and how far their stock has fallen.
“If it’s not their stock falling that has caused players to be reluctant to join United, then certainly it’s players not wanting to play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Take your choice, but either way – we’re talking about Van de Beek coming in, Cavani joining, and a team that everyone is saying needs improving greatly.
“We’re 24 hours out from the closing of that transfer window, they’ve just conceded 6 at home, and I’m not sure where the silver lining is.”
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