Newcastle United is reportedly looking to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, and discussions have been held with the player’s representatives.
What’s the update on Newcastle’s interest in Dembele?
Eddie Howe wants to take Newcastle United back to the Champions League, and with the team’s solid position in the Premier League, they have the chance to finish in the top four in the final.
The club is three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand, and qualifying for Europe’s main club competition may help in the transfer market in terms of adding quality to Howe’s squad.
Dembele has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle since last year, when reports stated that personal terms had been agreed with the winger.
As we know, the move did not materialize last summer, but it seems Newcastle could be interested again in the French international, who currently earns around £200,000 per week at Barcelona.
According to 90min reporter Graeme Bailey, the Magpies intermediaries recently met with Dembele’s representatives during his recent trip to England. It is said that a “brief” meeting took place, with Dembele reportedly “attracted by the prospect of playing in the Premier League” after watching Sunderland play.
Should Newcastle United pursue Dembele?
Dembele, who Xavi Hernandez hailed as a “special” player, has been recovering from a hamstring injury since February. The 25-year-old has had an extended injury history throughout his career, missing more than 100 games for Barcelona due to various problems.
Therefore, moving for Dembele would be a gamble, but if he can stay healthy, he may turn out to be an excellent signing. He had contributed to 15 goals in 28 games for Barcelona this season, with a WhoScored match rating average of 7.23/10, higher than any Newcastle midfielder or attacker.
Deschamps heralded Dembele as a two-footed player capable of penetrating defences, making him a possible option on either wing for Howe. Furthermore, with the player’s Barcelona contract due to expire in one year, he may be available for a bargain price.