Ousmane Dembele has opted against joining Manchester United on loan after Barcelona changed their stance, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. Barca initially did not want to send Dembele out on loan and instead were looking for a permanent exit. United would prefer a loan for the France international as an alternative to long-standing target Jadon Sancho.
Balague says Barca are now willing to let Dembele out on a temporary deal but on the condition that the 23-year-old signs a one-year extension to his current contract at the Nou Camp.
Dembele’s Barca deal runs out in 2022 and the La Liga club wanted to protect their asset by extending his contract.
However, Balague says Dembele is not willing to do that and therefore a move to United is currently off.
Balague tweeted: “At this moment, Dembele to #MUFC NOT happening. Not because of #MUFC.
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“#FCB change their stand and would have accepted a loan deal IF Dembele would added an extra year to his contract which finishes in 2022.
“Player not happy with deal.”
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United are expected to complete deals for striker Edinson Cavani and left-back Alex Telles before the 11pm deadline.
Cavani is set to sign a two-year contract and Telles is set to arrive from Porto for around £15m.
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The Red Devils are also closing in on deals for youngsters Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri.
Speaking after Sunday’s shocking 6-1 loss at home to Tottenham, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give anything away regarding new recruits.
“We defend as a team, we defend from the front, we defend as a group and whoever we’re linked with doesn’t mean it’s true, does it?” Solskjaer said.
“We’re going to be linked with players all day long but we need as a group and a team to get the performances as we were before the lockdown or after the restart, when we were a very good defensive team and we didn’t concede loads of goals.
“With the talented players [we have] it’s something I have to look at because we can’t be as open as we were today.
“We’ll probably update you or we’ll know by tomorrow night when the window’s closed, but that [today’s performance] isn’t about getting players in.
“This is about who’s here and getting the best out of the ones who are here and today was the worst that you can get from these.
“I can’t say anything other than that.”
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