Ousmanne Dembele snubs PSG, set to join Premier League giants in major transfer breakthrough

Ousmanne Dembele snubs PSG, set to join Premier League giants in major transfer breakthrough

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:04 PM
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  • Dembele has reportedly agreed to join Chelsea on a free transfer this summer
  • The Frenchman has opted against staying at Barcelona, with his contract with the Catalan giants running out
  • He also rejected a move to Paris Saint Germain, instead opting to reunite with his former boss Thomas Tuchel

Ousmanne Dembele is set to grace the Premier League after reportedly agreeing to join Chelsea, according to stunning new reports.

Dembele, who enjoyed a good run of form towards the end of last season, will join the Blues on a free transfer, with his Barcelona contract running down.

The 25-year-old had a number of options on the cards, including remaining at Barcelona and moving to French giants Paris Saint Germain.

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Ousmane Dembele andThomas Tuchel look on during the Bundesliga match between SV Darmstadt 98 and Borussia Dortmund at Jonathan Heimes Stadion am Boellenfalltor on February 11, 2017.Photo by TF-Images.
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But according to Sunsport, Dembele has opted to reunite with his former boss Thomas Tuchel, who managed him at Chelsea.

Barcelona are set to be the biggest losers in the deal, having signed Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering £125million back in 2017.

But with the club’s financial situation, they have to clear out their huge wage bill, which has also seen them sell Phillipe Coutinho to Aston Villa permanently.

At Barca, Dembele has failed to flourish overall, managing just 32 goals and 34 assists.

His spell as a Catalan has majorly been hampered by consistent injuries that have kept him on the sidelines for lengthy periods.

Chelsea revamp

Meanwhile, Chelsea certainly need to bolster their attack, especially with the imminent departures of some key players.

Defender Antonio Rudiger has already left for Real Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku is reported to be heading back to Inter Milan after failing to thrive under Tuchel.

Other attackers that have been thrown into the Chelsea transfer rumor mill are Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Sterling’s sets conditions in order to move to Chelsea

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported that Raheem Sterling wants guaranteed playing time in order to consider a move to Chelsea.

Sterling’s future at Manchester City is shrouded in doubt, with rumours rife that he will seek a move away this summer. Chelsea and Real Madrid have emerged as potential destinations for the England international.

Sterling wants guarantees that he will be part of Tuchel’s starting eleven. The 27-year-old has been in and out of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season.

And with the arrival of Erling Haaland and Julain Alvarez, his minutes on the pitch are likely to be limited further.

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