Manchester United are not entertaining the idea of signing the France international, who has only made 52 league starts for Barcelona since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, on a permanent deal. Barcelona would prefer to sell Dembélé to free up funds for the manager Ronald Koeman to initiate a squad rebuild but realise this may be difficult to achieve.
Koeman said on Wednesday when asked about the Dembélé situation: “ I’m counting on him. ‘He was very good in the first weeks [of pre-season] but he had a downturn last week. He trained well today and I’m counting on him. But these are decisions for the club and the player.”