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Arsenal and Chelsea linked-Dembele set for Barcelona stay

Arsenal and Chelsea linked-Dembele set for Barcelona stay

According to Spanish reports this evening, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is set to remain in Catalunya this summer, despite heavy links with a move to the Premier League.


21-year-old Dembele enjoyed a stellar season for Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17, cementing himself as one of world football’s most coveted young stars.

A return of 10 goals and a staggering 21 assists in his debut campaign at the Westfalenstadion left Europe’s top sides scrambling for the services of the wing wizard, with La Liga giants Barcelona having sought out the Frenchman to replace Neymar, following his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Done deal

Following months of speculation, Dembele finally completed his long-anticipated move to the Blaugrana in August for a then-club-record fee potentially rising to almost 150 million Euro.

However, the youngster’s time at the Camp Nou has not gone exactly according to plan since, with a number of injuries having restricted Dembele to just 14 starts across all competitions.

The 9-time capped French international has showcased flashes of brilliance during his time on the pitch with the Blaugrana, including a stunning finish in the Champions League round of 16 versus Chelsea, a brace versus Villarreal earlier this month, and 6 assists during limited minutes in La Liga, but, overall, Dembele has not yet proven to Barcelona’s fans exactly what he is capable of when fully fit and firing.

Barcelona Chelsea Courtois

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 14: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona celebrates with Lionel Messi as he scores their second goal as Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea look dejected during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on March 14, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Going nowhere

Despite Barca having splashed out such a massive fee on the youngster just 9 months ago, Dembele has already been heavily linked with a departure from the Camp Nou, with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea both touted as potential destinations.

A loan move to the Emirates for the 2018/19 season has even been touted in England.

However, as per the aforementioned report from Spanish outlet COPE, despite suggestions to the contrary, Dembele will not, under any circumstances, depart Catalunya this summer, with the Frenchman eager to ‘prove himself’ under the bright lights at the Camp Nou.

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