CHELSEA are reportedly approaching soon-to-be free agent Ousmane Dembele with the player’s agent in advanced negotiations with the Premier League club.
The Frenchman joined Barcelona in a £126million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 but injuries hampered his stay at the Camp Nou.
Dembele started to find his feet under Xavi late this season, scoring two goals and recording 13 assists.
But although Xavi and Barca were previously keen on extending Dembele’s stay at the club, the two parties are unlikely to reach an agreement.
According to Cadena Ser, Barca won’t make any new proposal to the player.
Dembele will be a free agent on June 30 and continue his career away from the Camp Nou.
The report further states that the player’s representatives are in advanced talks with Prem team Chelsea.
And Dembele, who plays at Stamford Bridge next season, seems like a real possibility.
It would see the electric winger teaming up with former boss Thomas Tuchel, who he says is his favorite boss.
Speaking to BeIN Sports in 2021, Dembele said: “Thomas Tuchel really won me over, he’s my favorite coach.”
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He continued: “With Thomas Tuchel I played a little more on the right side at the beginning of the season, then I was moved more centrally, to the 10th position, sometimes even in the third midfield, you see.
“And he told me to stay a little more central, have an espresso, like he always said to me, the ball will come to you and then you will go.
“It would have been difficult to leave Dortmund if Tuchel had stayed.”
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