Ousmane Dembele is likely to choose between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain when it comes to his next club, according to a report.
Dembele is in the final few months of his contract with Barcelona. The La Liga outfit tried to sell him in January after realising he would not renew on their terms. Tensions grew between player and club, but he is continuing to represent them until the end of the season.
After that, his signature will be up for grabs. Chelsea have regularly been mentioned as potential takers. Their interest stems from the fact that Dembele played under their coach Thomas Tuchel when they were both at Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea considered a deal in January, but are now having to wait until Dembele becomes a free agent. According to 90min, they have maintained contact with his representatives.
The same goes for Paris Saint-Germain, who could take him back to the north of his native France. The report claims the level of their wage offer would be similar to Chelsea’s.
Therefore, Dembele must decide between the two. He will take plenty of factors into consideration after his five years with Barcelona did not live up to what was expected.
Chelsea are willing to offer him a new opportunity, which would be his first experience of the Premier League. Turning 25 in May, there is still time for the 2018 World Cup winner to make a successful career for himself.
Tuchel is well aware of that, which means Chelsea are in the joint-lead – along with PSG – for Dembele’s services.
Dembele to help Chelsea evolve
In fact, the report claims Chelsea could invite offers for existing attackers Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to evolve their frontline. Adding Dembele would help the process.
But he is taking his time before making a commitment over his future. Some of his Barcelona teammates have not given up hope that he could yet stay at Camp Nou, either. To do so, though, he would have to significantly drop his salary.
That appears unlikely, meaning it should be a two-horse race between Chelsea and PSG to take him for the upcoming seasons.
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