Barcelona ‘did everything’ to sell Ousmane Dembele to Man Utd on transfer deadline day
Barcelona did everything they could to sell Ousmane Dembele to Manchester United on transfer deadline day, but were ultimately unable to convince the Red Devils to spend the money, according to Le10 Sport.
Barca were eager to offload Dembele on Monday in an attempt to raise funds.
The Catalans wanted to sign both Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia before the window closed, but would have had to pay approximately £45million for the pair.
They agreed a deal with Lyon to buy Depay, and were ready to pay £25m for the Dutchman.
Manchester City wanted £20m for Garcia, despite the defender being in the last year of his contract.
However, Barca were only able to sign either if they could offload Dembele, with the La Liga side demanding upwards of £50m for the winger.
They were in talks with United over a deal, but were unable to convince them to buy.
According to Le10 Sport, Barca did everything in their power to sell the winger on deadline day.
United only wanted to loan Dembele for the year due to their desire to sign Jadon Sancho next summer.
Instead of Dembele, United secured deals to sign teenage wingers Facundo Pelistri and Amad Traore, with the latter signing in January in a deal worth up to £37m.
United had a hectic deadline day elsewhere, bringing in Edinson Cavani on a free and Alex Telles for £18m.
And former United striker Dwight Yorke believes the club’s attacking options are now as good as Liverpool’s or Manchester City’s.
He said: “What has happened here is that the manager has got a choice.
“I don’t think that’s been an issue in terms of attacking players that are creative.
“Certainly at the back of last season, where we were 14 games unbeaten, we probably scored four goals every game on average, so the record throughout the front three has been very impressive.
“As far as I’m concerned, Ole has got that part of it totally right.
“I expected those players to kick on, of course. Cavani coming in is always going to add more competition for the players, which is probably needed.”