Chelsea are handed a major boost in their pursuit of Ousmane Dembele as PSG ‘pull out of the race to sign the Barcelona winger on a free this summer’ – with the French giants ‘opting to commit funds to improving their midfield instead’
- Chelsea ‘have one less competitor in their race for winger Ousmane Dembele’
- The Barcelona star is out of contract this summer and has not signed a new deal
- French side Paris Saint-Germain were interested but were said to have pulled out
Chelsea have one less competitor in their pursuit of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele after Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of the race, according to reports in Spain.
The French winger is out of contract this summer, meaning the Blues could sign him on a free if he fails to agree a new deal with the Spanish giants.
And according to Sport, PSG will now focus on strengthening their midfield instead – handing the Premier League side a boost as they aim to secure Dembele’s signature.
PSG have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele (pictured)
Chelsea may now be the frontrunners to sign the French winger on a free transfer this summer
Dembele, 25, has suffered several injuries while at the Nou Camp, but broke back into Xavi’s side this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions and scoring one goal.
The Catalan side are keen to keep him, but are said to be ‘very pessimistic’ about their chances of keeping him.
It is also reported Barcelona have also not had another meeting to thrash out terms after their last offer was not accepted.
Barcelona have reportedly not had another meeting to thrash out terms after the last offer
PSG had been in contact with Dembele for some time, but sporting director Leonardo – reportedly keen on the deal – was sacked, and his replacement Luis Campos is thought to be prioritising midfield additions.
Chelsea could, therefore, now have moved to the front of the queue, with Dembele keen to secure a regular starting place ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Sport also claim Dembele’s future could be potentially decided as soon as next week.
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