Barcelona 22-year-old star could make summer move to Arsenal

Arsenal and Manchester United could reportedly get the chance to sign Ousmane Dembele when the transfer market reopens at the end of the term.

The French star has been with Barcelona since the summer of 2017 but Ousmane has made only 74 matches as a result of multiple hamstring issues.

He is currently sidelined for another five months with a long-term hamstring concern and it becomes visible that the Blaugrana are ready to consider his departure.

According to Marca, Dembele has just over two years remaining on his existing contract and there are no plans to renew his deal beyond that period.

Furthermore, the winger himself may prefer a change in surroundings and reports state that he could be available for around £53 million during the next transfer window.

Both the Gunners and the Red Devils have remained long-term admirers of the former Borussia Dortmund man but it is unclear whether the clubs will take the gamble on his fitness.

Furthermore, the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that no clubs are likely to spend significant sums on players and the Blaugrana may have to reduce their price tag further to sanction his sale.

Meantime, head coach Mikel Arteta has been backed to deliver long-term success at the Gunners by former player Julio Baptista.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “Arteta is a young coach who has a chance to be successful and needs the club: he must feel confident.

“It is a long-term project, and if he is given time then he will deliver results, but he must be shown patience.”