Ousmane Dembele has decided against joining Manchester United in a late deadline day deal as he wants to continue fighting for his place at Barcelona, according to reports.
Dembele has struggled with a series of injuries since moving to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for £142million in 2017.
The Frenchman was not part of ex-manager Quique Setien’s plans are was expected to be shipped out this summer.
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However, new boss Ronald Koeman has offered the 23-year-old an olive branch to revive his career at the Nou Camp.
Barca can not guarantee the winger a starting spot and were open to letting him leave if their valuation was met.
United opened talks with the Catalonians as they wanted Dembele as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
But the player is happy to fight for his place under Koeman’s new regime, according to Spanish publication Sport.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new right winger before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
However, United hero Dwight York is unsure about whether the Red Devils should be recruiting more attackers.
Dembele, we know, we’ve seen him play for Barcelona over the years and what he can do. “Maybe he’s not consistent enough in my eyes, but maybe he needs a new challenge,” Yorke said.
“At this point in time, really, I’m not too concerned about our attacking play.
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“We’ve got enough firepower there because of what we saw towards the back-end of last season, these guys, scoring frequently, tearing defenders apart, running them ragged, the combinations have been great.
“I really genuinely do not feel our attacking play is an issue, there’s a lot more I should be more concerned about.”
Meanwhile, United are expected to announce the signing of Edinson Cavani before the window slams shut.
And ex-forward Andy Cole is excited to see the 33-year-old link up with the current crop.
“That’s what everyone’s hoping for,” Cole said. “For me, personally, if I had the opportunity at a young age, obviously Marcus, Mason and Martial, if I’m at that age and someone like that comes in with his proven track record, I’d be looking to learn off him, most definitely.
“Because ultimately, it’s about trying to add something to your game as well, and no doubt the way he plays, he works extremely hard, he has fantastic movement, you can only learn off people like that.
“That’s what those boys will try to do.
“If all of them, at some stage, can have some partnership together, like me, Yorkey, Ole and Teddy, then everyone will be absolutely delighted with that at Old Trafford. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
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