PSG rule out signing Dembele due to injury concerns – report
Faced with two options, Ousmane Dembele is in trouble at Barcelona. Xavi has made it clear that the Frenchman will sit in the stands for the rest of the season if he doesn’t renew. Thus, the winger must either leave in January or renew his contract to be sure of playing minutes.
Although Dembele is now open to a departure this week, few clubs seem interested in signing him at the moment. Manchester United and Newcastle are awaiting his signing in June, while Chelsea have not acted on their initial interest.
PSG have been speculated as the destination for the France international, especially after his agent received a call from ‘Leonardo PSG’ at El Prat airport.
However, according to Olivier Goldstein via Eleven TV 3, the operation was canceled. Although Leonardo spoke with the player’s agent several times, two reasons make the transfer impossible.
Firstly, PSG are scared of Dembele’s poor injury record as since joining Barcelona the winger has missed more games than he has played. Secondly, the Parisians are more focused on selling players at the moment before buying new stars.
This is a blow to Dembele’s plans to move away from Camp Nou in winter. With no club willing to pay their exorbitant salary demands, a renewal at Barcelona isn’t ruled out.
With Ferran Torres and Adama Traore now directly competing for a spot on the wing, the youngster will struggle to break into the squad even if he ends up renewing.