Paul Pogba is helping drive Manchester United‘s pursuit of Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele, it has been revealed.
Mundo Deportivo says Pogba has been on the phone to Dembele this week urging him to make the move to Old Trafford. Pogba has told Dembele he will settle quickly inside the United dressing room and enjoy playing for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United are in talks with Barcelona over a deal for the 23-year-old French winger, according to Fabrizio Romano, having baulked at Dortmund’s €120 million asking price for Sancho.
For Ed Woodward, that is just too much especially during these times when every club’s budget has been affected due to the effect of the corona virus though they are trying to get that total lowered before the transfer window shuts next week.
United are today in talks with Barca about setting up an initial loan arrangement for Dembele. The Catalans are willing to do business, as long as United cover the player’s wages for the season.
Barcelona spent £96.8 million in getting Dembele from Dortmund but he has not lived up to his potential due to the incessant injuries. The emergence of the in-form Ansu Fati and the arrival of Francisco Trincao will limit Dembele’s chances at Barcelona, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for attacking depth.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the Manchester Inited’s midfielder talked up United’s ambitions and pointed out the number of French speakers in the dressing room, including Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly
Pogba said that a move to United would increase Dembele’s chances of getting back into the French team ahead of the upcoming European Championships.
According to ESPN, Dembele is ‘on board’ with joining the Red Devils.
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