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Man Utd should turn transfer attention to Ousmane Dembele if £108m Jadon Sancho deal falls through, claims Rivaldo

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OUSMANE DEMBELE has been rated a perfect alternative for Manchester United to the £108million transfer saga over their top target Jadon Sancho.

Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes the Spanish giants’ France winger is a “joker” in the pack with a box of tricks to match the best.

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, recommended to Man Utd by Rivaldo, arrives for the Champions League quarter-final vs Bayern on Friday night

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Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, recommended to Man Utd by Rivaldo, arrives for the Champions League quarter-final vs Bayern on Friday nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Man Utd's priority target Jadon Sancho could be staying put at Borussia Dortmund, at least for now

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Man Utd’s priority target Jadon Sancho could be staying put at Borussia Dortmund, at least for nowCredit: Getty Images – Getty

United still hope to sign England attacker Sancho this summer but Borussia Dortmund aim to keep him for a bidding war this time next year.

Old Trafford chiefs have reportedly put all other transfer business on hold to focus on Sancho.

But a huge gulf remains between their willingness to pay £70m now plus instalments and Dortmund‘s insistence on receiving a much larger fee in one go.

And former Brazil midfielder Rivaldo, 48, claims ex-Dortmund star Dembele offers extra dimensions himself.


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United already have a flexible forward-line in natural finisher Mason Greenwood, rangy England striker Marcus Rashford and France pace ace Anthony Martial.

And Rivaldo said of Dembeles in his Betfair column: “Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in him after having difficulties in their bid to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

“Dembele could be a good option for United. He’s very quick and talented, and I believe he could prosper in the Premier League.”

The 23-year-old is in Barca’s squad to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon on Friday night.

Rivaldo added: “He could be what I call a ‘joker’ for Barcelona, coming off the bench to affect the match, as he is very talented.

“There are rumours about him leaving the club at the end of the season, but while he is around, the manager should use him.”

Man Utd could face bidding war for Jadon Sancho as Dortmund hope to delay transfer until next summer

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Barcelona ‘poised to make one final effort to sign Lautaro Martinez’

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Barcelona ‘are primed to make one final effort to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan’ after player sales freed up funds.

Inter have not budged from their £90million valuation of the 23-year-old Argentine forward all summer.

That has proved prohibitive for Barcelona, whose finances have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona 'will make one final attempt' to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Barcelona 'will make one final attempt' to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Barcelona ‘will make one final attempt’ to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Martinez, pictured after Inter's Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

Martinez, pictured after Inter's Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

Martinez, pictured after Inter’s Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

But, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, the departures of Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez in recent days has allowed one last push.

The money raised from selling these three players, plus Arthur Melo and Ivan Rakitic, has enabled them to make a final offer for Martinez.

Marca say that around £64m has been cut from Barcelona’s wage bill to accommodate Martinez’s salary.

However, Barcelona know that if they meet Inter’s asking price, they won’t be able to strengthen in other areas prior to the deadline of October 5.

Ideally, Ronald Koeman would like to add depth at centre-back and right-back before the summer window closes.

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman's preferred attacking option

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman's preferred attacking option

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman’s preferred attacking option

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid 

Koeman would prefer Memphis Depay to Martinez, while Girona striker Cristhian Stuani has emerged as another option in attack.

Barcelona will kick-off their LaLiga season at home to Villarreal this Sunday evening following a summer of upheaval.

Not only has Koeman replaced Quique Setien as manager in the wake of their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, but the squad has been revamped.

Several players have departed, including Arthur, who signed for Juventus in a swap deal with Miralem Pjanic, and Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid for £5.5m this week.

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6am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Jorginho shock interest, Lacazette SALE to fund Aouar, Partey and Torreira UPDATE

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ARSENAL’s transfer window continues at pace with midfield stars Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey the top targets for Emirates chiefs.

But Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira could be heading for the exit door as the Gunners look to cash in.

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6am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy DONE DEAL, Rice LATEST, Jorginho to Arsenal, Rudiger to PSG

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CHELSEA wrapped up a 6-0 win over Barnsley as Kai Havertz made a huge statement with a brilliant hat-trick.

And there was more good news for the Blues as Edouard Mendy signed a contract, with an announcement set for the morning.

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