Manchester United are reportedly considering a deal to land Ousmane Dembele on loan as it emerges the striker missed training with Barcelona this Monday.
France international Dembele did visit the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper base but didn’t train with his team-mates because he is ill, according to Spanish publication Sport.
Dembele emerged as a United target after it became clear they would not be signing top target Jadon Sancho this deadline day.
Dembele has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou, and has made just one appearance under Ronald Koeman so far this season.
He is open to leaving Barcelona for Man United, but the Red Devils would rather sign the Frenchman on loan for the season, rather than pay a transfer fee.
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According to reports from Spain, a Coutinho-style deal has been mooted, with United paying Barcelona a loan fee and agreeing to cover the Frenchman’s wages for the season.
At the end of the campaign Man United will be able to make the loan transfer permanent, should they wish to do so.
Barcelona, however, still favour a permanent deal and would rather cut all ties with Dembele now, rather than potentially at the end of the season.
Coutinho left Barcelona for Bayern Munich in 2019, with the German club paying the Catalan giants around £8million up front.
They also took care of Coutinho’s wages for the campaign, but opted against making the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Coutinho has since returned to Spain and is a key component in Koeman’s Barcelona team.
He has featured in three matches so far this season, and scored in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla last time out.
“I really want to work hard and be involved in important things,” he told Marca after the game. “We have played three difficult games and we will continue to work hard and get used to playing in the coming weeks.”
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