- PSG sporting director has established contact with Ousmane Dembele’s representatives over a possible transfer this summer
- Dembele has been linked with a move to Arsenal and recently stated that he is happy to stay at Barcelona
French publication Paris United has caused a stir by reporting that Paris Saint-Germain bosses are looking to carry out another significant raid on La Liga champions Barcelona, after signing Neymar in a world-record deal last summer. The player in question here is Ousmane Dembele, whose representatives have recently been contacted by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.
While it is still too early to establish the reliability of these exchanges involved in Ousmane Dembele Transfer News, the French champions have opened the negotiations in a rather concrete manner and are serious about signing the young forward this summer. PSG have been rather quiet and yet to spend a single penny in the transfer window so far, with Gianluigi Buffon coming in from Juventus on a free.
Thomas Tuchel wants a Ousmane Dembele reunion
According to the report in Paris United, new PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is very interested in the idea of working with Dembele once again after their brief time together at Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga. The duo shared an excellent relationship and the PSG hierarchy is eager to add the 21-year-old to their already deadly strikeforce – CMN (Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar).
PSG’s sporting director Antero Henrique recently held a discreet meeting with Dembele’s entourage and expressed his club’s interest. He further probed the player’s representatives on the possibility of taking the deal forward and putting in a serious bid in the coming days.
After the first meeting, Henrique, who has PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi‘s full support, raised his efforts in the anticipation of securing a positive signal from Dembele’s camp to take the negotiations to the next level.
A source close to PSG further explained that the club is particularly seduced by Dembele’s versatility and his ability to play on both sides of the pitch in support of the centre-forward. Further, as is the case with Kylian Mbappe, Dembele’s image of a French superstar in the making is also a big consideration for the capital club.
PSG tried signing Dembele two years ago
It has also been revealed that PSG had also tried to recruit Dembele after the end of 2015/16 season, through former sporting director Olivier Letang. This happened when the youngster was still at Rennes. However, he decided to make the switch to Germany which was largely down to Thomas Tuchel’s words back then.
Now, the presence of Tuchel in Paris could once again prove to be the deciding factor if Dembele contemplates a move away from Barcelona. The German tactician has in fact called his former player several times since arrival at PSG, especially after the World Cup final, to congratulate him on the successful campaign. The idea of reuniting with Dembele is an enchanting one for Tuchel and his staff.
Player happy to stay at Barcelona
Despite Tuchel’s presence and the lure of playing in his home country, Dembele has publicly stated that he is very happy at Barcelona. As such, PSG fans know that their club is in for prolonged and tough negotiations with the Camp Nou bosses if they decide to pursue the 21-year-old seriously.
“I’m staying with Barcelona and I’m now ready to play the Supercup against Sevilla,” Dembele said on Wednesday.
Despite these words, Barcelona might well be in to face a concrete bid for Dembele whose value is estimated to be more than €100 million at present. With a failed bid for Chelsea‘s N’Golo Kante, PSG could go in for the kill and make the remainder of this summer’s transfer window extremely interesting.
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