Chelsea have alleged interest in acquiring the services of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele during the summer transfer window, forming a striking partnership with fellow countryman Christopher Nkunku in the process.
Last month, Calcio Mercato reported both Chelsea and Newcastle United have entered the race to sign the 25-year-old winger for £44m, prompted by Barcelona’s financial difficulties.
Chelsea’s previous interest in the former Borussia Dortmund starlet, who signed a two-year contract extension last summer, had been rebuffed by the Catalan club.
Dembele’s season has been impressive under Xavi, with five goals and five assists in 18 La Liga appearances resulting in an average rating of 7.23 from WhoScored, better than any Chelsea player. Spanish football expert Terry Gibson praised Dembele ahead of December’s World Cup quarter-final against England, stating “Dembele can be unplayable at times.”
Since joining Barcelona in a £96.8m deal in 2017, the winger has recorded 40 goals and 41 assists in 178 matches but has been hindered by injuries and poor form throughout his Nou Camp subscription.
Nkunku, who was confirmed as a Chelsea acquisition earlier this year, has notched 17 goals in the same period in the Bundesliga, demonstrating his speed and goal-scoring ability.
The arrival of Dembele could relieve Chelsea’s issues in front of goal, providing a world-class option on the wing. Therefore, it is advisable for Todd Boehly to pursue him and potentially develop the duo of Nkunku and Dembele in west London.