English paper ‘The Athletic’ reported that Manchester United could sign Ousmane Dembélé in case the Jadon Sancho operation fails. Also, the Premier League side believes that the Barcelona forward might be cheaper compared to the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Borussia Dortmund has valued Sancho at €120m, a figure that United cannot meet under the current circumstances. Last week, English reports claimed that Manchester United did not want to pay anything above €50m for the young star.
Given the fact that United’s offer is far below Dortmund’s expectations, eyes could be turned on Ousmane Dembélé. The English side’s interest in the French forward is not something new: they have been following him for a long time and even wanted to sign him in the summer of 2017. Due to Dembélé’s injuries, United has been careful about the final step to sign the forward.
Currently, Barcelona hopes to raise at least €80m from Dembélé. Whether ‘the Red Devils’ are willing to pay such a figure, is still unknown.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Barcelona wants to improve contract of ‘the new Iniesta’
RAC1 have confirmed that Barcelona are indeed working on offering Pedri Gonzalez a new and improved contract. The youngster has been an absolute revelation for the club, and in turn, they now want to reward his services further and ensure his continuity via a long-term deal.
Earlier reports in the Spanish newspapers also stated that Barcelona have already begun working on a contract extension for Pedri. Since his move from Las Palmas, the midfielder has established himself as a key cog in Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barcelona machine driven by youth.
Pedri’s current Barcelona contract expires in June 2022, but has a clause that would allow a two-year extension. The club are keen on improving the economic terms of his deal, which reportedly earns him 34,000 euros per week at the moment, and ensuring that he stays in Barcelona for years to come.
Barcelona also want to fend off interest from other clubs who have begun to take notice of the teenager’s incredible rise to prominence. The 18-year old has already been contacted by major clubs like Liverpool according to previous reports.
Since his arrival, Barcelona want to offer Pedri a deal that fairly reflects his invaluable contributions to the team. He has been instrumental in freshening up the Blaugrana midfield with his tremendous technical ability on the ball, range of passing, and work rate out of possession. His talents have thus drawn comparisons to the legendary Andres Iniesta.
As for the player himself, he has already stated on multiple occasions that he wants to succeed at Barcelona. Pedri aims to stay at the club for many years and win major titles.