Premier League giants Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over a transfer swoop for Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele.
The 24-year-old 2018 World Cup winner has struggled to make an impact at the Nou Camp since his big-money arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 due to injuries.
But last season he did manage to find some form, and with 13 goals in 48 games, convinced the club to offer him a new contract.
His current arrangement ends at the end of the campaign and he will be free to leave for nothing – although his team did meet Barca officials before the recent clash with Granada to begin talks over an extension.
And according to Spanish outlet El Nacional, contact has already been made by United with the France international.
United have allegedly informed Dembele’s representatives of their desire to bring him to Old Trafford on a freebie in June.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have Cristiano Ronaldo back in his ranks but the midweek defeat to West Ham in the third round of the Carabao Cup highlighted his lack of firepower elsewhere.
United, who rested the Portuguese legend, were dumped out thanks to a 1-0 home loss.
Anthony Martial failed to take his opportunity and he could be one of those sold to make room for Dembele within the attacking ranks.
United are believed to be demanding around £40m for the French ace.
Edinson Cavani also looks set to leave at the end of season and return to South America once his deal expires.