If some of the recent reports across the media are true, the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé to Manchester United is taking shape. The Frenchman wasn’t exactly keen on a move at first but Barcelona don’t mind seeing him gone.
Of course, the biggest incentive behind the transfer is gathering funds for further moves in the market. We know the Catalans are after Memphis Depay and need to accumulate more money in order to sign the Dutchman.
Dembélé is one of the players that could potentially demand a decent fee but only if Barcelona can actually negotiate it. United are interested but still gunning for a loan deal rather than a straight-up purchase.
Multiple reports have now given us updates on the matter and one even states that Paul Pogba is playing a role in potentially turning his compatriot’s head. It won’t be easy and nothing has been agreed as of yet, though.
We do know that Dembélé to Manchester United would be plan B for the English side. They still want Jadon Sancho but Borussia Dortmund are asking for €120m. Needless to say, that is too much, even for the Red Devils.
Despite his initial reluctance, some other reports state, the Frenchman is ready to accept the offer and move to Old Trafford. However, both him and Barcelona agree – it will only happen on a permanent deal.
That means a loan is out of the question. Do Man United have the cash to make this happen? If they do, we might still see Dembélé depart the Camp Nou before the transfer window closes.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.