Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea transfer: Barcelona’s final effort, agreement close, Todd Boehly plan

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Chelsea are set for a busy summer transfer window with a number of positions in serious need of strengthening as Todd Boehly looks to make a quick start to his tenure.

Bolstering Thomas Tuchel’s attack appears to be a priority. The futures of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku all hang in the balance and Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has been targeted on a free transfer with his contract set to expire this month.

He has not had the best period since moving to Camp Nou but signing the Frenchman is still an exciting prospect. With that firmly in mind, football.london has taken a look at the latest news and rumors on Dembele’s future.

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Barca make final decision

Dembele has rejected Barcelona’s latest mission to retain his services, according to journalist Sique Rodriguez Gairi from Spanish radio network La Cadena SER. The report adds that Blaugrana will make no further effort to keep France international, handing Chelsea – among other clubs too, of course – a free run.

The winger’s decision to do so is another hint that fuels a potential move to Stamford Bridge. It’s believed that Dembele decided to delay the decision regarding his future until the Blues’ takeover was completed despite interest from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, the Press Association claim.

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Xavi ‘fed up’

Barcelona are struggling to secure new signings due to the ongoing financial difficulties at the club, with deals for Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen still up in the air.

The latest coming from the Spanish press is that the La Liga runners-up in 2021/22 are now reportedly ‘fed up’ with Dembélé.

The report goes on in Mundo Deportivo via Sport Witness to clarify that his current club Barca ‘are getting used to the idea that he will not continue ‘with them and’ they do not contemplate more movements to renew him ‘.

Their stance is ‘either take it or leave it’, clearly referring to the previous offer they made the player, and this could be a boost for Chelsea.

Barcelona’s fate sealed

Joan Laporta and Xavi now appear resigned to losing Dembele on a free to Chelsea this summer as the latest on the deal is revealed.

football.london understands that the Blues are in talks directly with the Frenchman but there has been no agreement as of yet on his contract length and wages that he could earn in SW6. Chelsea’s chief correspondent Adam Newson updated in his latest transfer Q&A: ‘Reinforcements are, of course, needed and in Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele it’s clear Chelsea are looking at players in the market that are ready now but with room to grow and improve. ‘

Promisingly, alongside PSG dropping out of the race to focus all their attention on Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, Barca’s hierarchy are also becoming resigned to the fact that they may not be able to do anything more to convince Dembele’s camp that Spain is where his future lies ahead of 2022/23.

“At Barça they see Dembélé out. From London, they [Chelsea FC] say he would have an agreement with him, “Radio Marca journalist Alex Pintanel told Spanish outlet El Golazo de Gol.

Chelsea favorites to land winger

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While they are not alone in their pursuit of Dembele, Chelsea remain favorites to complete a deal, according to a report from talkSPORT. The Blues were interested in signing the France international back in January and are finally looking to get the move over the line.

“This one has really taken off overnight,” talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook said. “Chelsea look like they are favorites to sign Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer. He’s been letting his contract run down at Barcelona and he would be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era. “

Blues ‘seriously pushing’ for deal

As per Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, Chelsea are ‘seriously pushing’ for the signing of Dembele as a free agent, with his deal at Barcelona set to expire by the end of next month.

Dembele’s Barcelona stance revealed

Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has revealed that his client is still considering his client’s future and is not yet ready to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp if it does eventually come to that.

As cited by Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, he said: “Ousmane’s future remains open. We are and have always been very respectful to all clubs, and this will continue to be the case while the process is ongoing. When it is the right time to make a decision, Ousmane will consider the best option for his future. “

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Agreement close

According to the latest report from Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Barcauniversal, Dembele is close to reaching a contract agreement with Chelsea, with a free transfer to Stamford Bridge now looming large.

Blues confident

According to 90min, Chelsea are quietly confident of capitalizing on the uncertainty surrounding Dembele’s future by striking an agreement to take him to Stamford Bridge. The report adds that Barcelona have come closer to matching Dembele’s lofty aspirations, although they are still not confident he will put pen to paper.

Boehly plan

As cited by the Metro, reports in Spain suggest that Chelsea plan to make Dembele their first signing of the Boehly era. Barcelona still retains a slim hope of agreeing to a new deal, but their perilous financial situation renders that unlikely and Chelsea are now in a position to pounce.

Why Tuchel must fill Hazard void

The loss of Eden Hazard has impacted Chelsea more than we could have imagined. Since the departure of the Belgian, no other Chelsea player has managed to score 20 goals within a season. His last season with the Blues in 2019 saw him register 21 goals in all competitions, and he ended his campaign as top goalscorer. Considering the fact that Eden Hazard is not a preferred goalscorer in any respect, that is quite an alarming stat.

The question now is how do Chelsea fill the void of such a character in the dressing room and on the pitch? Could Dembele help?

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