As per a report from Kike Marin, regarded as quite reliable when it comes to Arsenal news, the Gunners are said to have lodged a 100 million Euro bid for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
Following a breakout season in his home country with Rennes 3 years ago, 21-year-old Dembele made the move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, quickly establishing himself as one of world football’s most coveted young stars.
A return of 10 goals and a staggering 21 assists in his debut campaign at the Westfalenstadion left Europe’s top sides scrambling for the services of the wing wizard, with La Liga giants Barcelona having sought out the Frenchman to replace Neymar, following his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Following months of speculation, Dembele finally completed his long-anticipated move to the Blaugrana in August for a then-club-record fee potentially rising to almost 150 million Euro.
However, the youngster’s time at the Camp Nou has not gone exactly according to plan since, with a number of injuries having restricted Dembele to just 14 starts across all competitions this past season.
The 16-time capped French international has showcased flashes of his undoubted brilliance during his time on the pitch with the Blaugrana, including a stunning finish in the Champions League round of 16 versus Chelsea, a brace versus Villarreal back in May, and 6 assists during limited minutes in La Liga, but, overall, Dembele has not yet proven to Barcelona’s fans exactly what he is capable of when fully fit and firing.
North London bound?
As such, despite Barca having splashed out such a massive fee on the blistering winger just 10 months ago, Dembele has already been heavily linked with a departure from the Camp Nou, with all of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea touted as potential destinations.
And, despite the La Liga champions reportedly making it clear to any and all suitors that the World Cup winner is absolutely not for sale, a shock update courtesy of Kike Marin this afternoon has ‘confirmed’ that Arsenal have tabled a 100 million Euro bid for Dembele.
Marin adds that the key is whether the player himself has any intention of making the move to the Emirates or not, with a decision needed ASAP ahead of the close of the English transfer window in a few hours’ time:
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) August 9, 2018