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Barcelona Star Ousmane Dembele 'Ready To Join' This Summer On One Condition

Matthew Debono

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Barcelona Star Ousmane Dembele 'Ready To Join' This Summer On One Condition

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Chelsea have been handed a major transfer boost after Ousmane Dembele's latest decision of being ready to join Thomas Tuchel's side this summer, according to reports.

The 25-year-old is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the month when his contract expires.

No new deal has been agreed with the Catalan giants, paving the way for him to be snapped up on a free transfer.

Ousmane Dembele playing for Barcelona against Villarreal. (Alamy)
Ousmane Dembele playing for Barcelona against Villarreal. (Alamy)

The path has cleared for Chelsea to land the Frenchman if he leaves Barcelona and they wish to add him to their attacking line, with Paris Saint-Germain cooling their interest in recent weeks.

Dembele gave an update on his future this week when a fan asked him whether or not he'd stay at Barcelona, as well as the links to Chelsea.

He replied: "I'm fine at Barcelona", however with contract negotiations still ongoing, it would be unlikely for the winger to lay out all of his cards on the table publicly.

But now the Sun report that Dembele is open to joining Chelsea this summer and reuniting with Thomas Tuchel, who he once with at Borussia Dortmund.

However, he wants assurances from Tuchel that he will be a regular starter for the Blues next season and beyond, and not subject 'strict squad rotation' which has been a common occurrence - that can be attributed to the inconsistencies in the goal contribution numbers produced by the current forwards though.

Tuchel did warn his attackers at the end of last season that reinforcements may be drafted in, admitting: “If we stick to the group then we will try to solve it with these players.

“Is it necessary to bring more offensive players around the box to create more distractions, to create more space for each other? We will ask that question. Can we do better in the structure? Can we push the players more? Did we rotate too much? Let’s see.

Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel and coaching staff during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)
Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel and coaching staff during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)

“There are a lot of options. The numbers we produce from our offensive players don’t allow us to over-perform and we need over-performance if we want to be nearer to the top two teams.

"I am not pointing fingers, I am not blaming anybody, but we need over-performance from everybody. It’s not over-performance if we have only single figures in scoring and assisting.”

However, fresh reports have suggested there is a concern around Dembele's injury record, which has casted doubts over a potential transfer, leaving the 'current feeling' with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling as the preferred option.

Topics: Ousmane Dembele, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Chelsea, Raheem Sterling, Transfers, Football, Barcelona, Thomas Tuchel

Matthew Debono
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