Newcastle United’s move for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is reportedly gathering pace ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
What’s the story?
The original report states that: “The Ousmane Dembele saga is reaching an end. Barcelona¡s pressure on the player and his camp to sign a renewal has been ramped up and another meeting that could prove decisive has been pencilled in for this week.”
It goes on to claim that although the flying winger wants to remain in Catalonia, time is running out to reach an agreement on fresh terms, and he could negotiate with other clubs over the winter.
Is Dembele a realistic transfer target?
Imagine him and Saint-Maximin
Dembele was regarded as one of the world’s most promising youngsters when he joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund back in August 2017 for a fee potentially rising to £135.5 million.
However, injuries have significantly hampered the France international’s progress and game time ever since he arrived at Camp Nou.
But despite the World Cup winner’s fitness woes, there is no doubting his quality. Thomas Tuchel once dubbed his personality as “crazy” while former teammate Lionel Messi even added his seal of approval, selecting Dembele in his 15 ‘youth on the rise’ players for Topps Champions League cards.
“His pace is frightening in training”, read the Dembele card, as quoted by GIVEMESPORT, and it’s not the only time Messi has praised his former teammate.
“On the pitch, he’s a phenomenon. It’s up to him where he ends up, he could be one of the best,” Messi is quoted by Sport as saying in December 2018. “He’s young, and he is adapting.”
If Newcastle’s new, ambitious owners are able to convince Dembele to join their ongoing revolution, then they would undoubtedly form one of the scariest attacking duos in the Premier League.
The youngster’s ambipedal nature means his equally comfortable on either flank and able to go past an opponent on the outside or inside, making him a nightmare to defend against.
While current Magpies star Allan Saint-Maximin would also likely benefit from the attention Dembele would draw, allowing him more space to operate in and someone on his wavelength to link up with.
In 14 outings this team, Saint-Maximin has already contributed six goal contributions, and it’s the left-winger who would arguably benefit the most from his compatriot’s arrival.