Spanish Giant, FC Barcelona yesterday insisted that attacker Ousmane Dembele is not heading to Manchester United this summer.
Speaking at press conference to introduce teenage Dutch defender Sergino Dest, Barca sporting director, Ramon Planes said, “There are no negotiations with Manchester United. He is a player we are counting on.”
After the club’s disastrous finish to last season, Planes has been conducting a squad overhaul with new head coach Ronald Koeman.
Demebele, 23, who has suffered a series of hamstring injuries since arriving from Dortmund in 2017, has been linked with a move away.
Planes said, “We hope to be able to take advantage of his footballing talent. I am convinced that he will have a great year with us. There are four days left of mercato, it’s an atypical mercato. A lot can happen.”
The manager disclosed that two French defenders, Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo, could be following Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal out of the club.
“For Umtiti, we wish him all the best. He is a great player, but at the moment he is going through a bad situation, which is typical of injuries in football. Jean-Clair has several offers. He wants to have time to play and grow up in another team, and that must be respected,” he said.
The transfer window closes on Monday, October 5.