Manchester United reportedly came very close to signing Ousmane Dembele towards the end of the transfer window and there is still hope that a deal could be reignited in January. The winger emerged as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho as Borussia Dortmund held firm over the sale of the England international.
United were looking for a straight loan while Barcelona were pushing to include a permanent option.
The Barca board are now prepared to accept a loss on the Frenchman following his £135million move from Dortmund in 2017 after failing to live up to his price-tag.
United were confident they could get his career back on track at Old Trafford and unlock his world-class potential.
They even used Paul Pogba as a ploy and the midfielder held talks with his France team mate in a bid to convince him to join the club.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently claimed Dembele was determined to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place, meaning United were faced with an uphill battle to convince the player to join.
“Remember we’ve talked about Dembele’s situation with Liverpool and Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United,” he said on the Here We Go Podcast.
“The player’s position is the same, he doesn’t want to move and his agent had a meeting with Ronald Koeman one week ago.
“Koeman was talking to his agent and said ‘I trust in Dembele and I want Dembele in my team’ so at the moment Dembele wants to stay in Barcelona.”