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Ousmane Dembele now ‘enthusiastic’ over Man Utd move as Paul Pogba plea pays off

Ousmane Dembele has changed his mind over a Manchester United move thanks to Paul Pogba.

The 23-year-old forward had looked set to play a reduced role at Barcelona following the arrival of Ronald Koeman, but he could now push through an unlikely season-long loan deal at Old Trafford.

Dembele joined the Catalan giants from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017 for an initial fee in the region of £100m following Neymar’s move to PSG, but he has failed to deliver consistent performances amid a string of injuries.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now looks set to be able to give the winger the chance to start afresh, but it was Pogba who used their friendship to convince Dembele to spend some time at United this season.

Paul Pogba could convince Ousmane Dembele to sign for Manchester United

ESPN have reported that Dembele is no longer reluctant to leave Barcelona after chats with Pogba.

They add that the chance to play with his friend has proved to be too much to resist, which has helped negotiations between the two clubs accelerate – but add that his parent club are looking at a permanent deal.

United chief Ed Woodward is keen to bring in some competition for Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, but he is hoping for a less risky loan agreement despite their quiet summer of incoming deals.

Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona following Neymar’s move to PSG in 2017
Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona following Neymar’s move to PSG in 2017

Woodward hinted earlier this month that their lack of spending was due to the recent financial constraints on football.

Having written in his programme notes before the defeat against Crystal Palace: “Disruption from the pandemic is continuing to create huge economic pressure from the top to the bottom of the football pyramid and while we are fortunate to be in a more resilient position than most clubs, we are not immune from impact.”

Before adding: “We must also be responsible in our use of resources during the most extraordinarily challenging time for everyone in football.”

Paul Pogba flourished in a deeper role at Man Utd last season
Paul Pogba flourished in a deeper role at Man Utd last season

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Solskjaer said of his transfer plans in a chat with talkSPORT this week: “You never know in football. You’re never surprised if anything pops up.

“We get speculation about us all the time. The club is working hard do what we want to do.

“I’m focused on the players we’ve got, ready for Sunday [against Tottenham], playing. That’s the sole focus in the coaches office. Let’s see what happens.”

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