Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele arrived late for training on Monday as rumours continue to grow suggesting he could be set for a move to Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, who made just five appearances in La Liga last season, turned up at Barca’s Ciutat Esportiva training ground at 10.15am according to Spanish publication AS – a quarter of an hour after he should have clocked in.
Dembele has garnered something of a reputation for not always showing up on time, with the player once arriving a full two hours late for a session in 2018.
He has been linked with a move to United in recent months, with their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer known to be keen to add another attacking player to his ranks before the transfer window shuts on October 5.
Dembele came on as a substitute in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Villarreal on the first day of the new season, but the club are known to be desperate to sell some of their biggest earners.
He has also suffered from numerous injury problems, and Barcelona are thought to be prepared to let him go in the near future.
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Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, transfer expert Duncan Castles stated his belief that United could swoop for Dembele if they cannot get a deal done for their No.1 target Jadon Sancho.
“I’m told there has been contact between United and Dembele’s agent,” Castles said.
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“In that discussion I’m told Dembele’s agent demanded what was described as ‘Mino Raiola money’ to make that deal happen.
“United are basically looking for a relatively cheap solution and to take advantage of Barcelona’s financial problems in that sense.”
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United have still brought in just one player this summer – Donny van de Beek – and their supporters are desperate for the club to strengthen before it is too late.