Man Utd in talks with Barcelona over Dembele loan

Manchester United are in talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for Ousmane Dembele.

United are keen to sign a winger during this transfer window and, while their first choice is Jadon Sancho, Dembele represents a strong alternative.

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The 23-year-old was a club-record signing for Barcelona when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund for €105m (£95.75m) in August 2017.

He has won two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey during his three seasons in Spain, but has been restricted to 75 appearances in all competitions by a series of injuries.

On Tuesday, Manchester United had a bid for Jadon Sancho worth up to £91.3m (€100m) rejected by Borussia Dortmund.

The offer was for an initial £73m, rising to up to £91.3m, which fell short of Dortmund’s £108m valuation.

Dortmund set United a deadline of August 10 to agree a deal for Sancho, and have stated on several occasions that the England international will not be leaving now that date has passed.

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Sancho has not travelled with the rest of the Dortmund squad for the German Super Cup match against Bayern Munich on Wednesday due to a “respiratory infection”. He has tested negative for Covid-19.

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Analysis: Man Utd have lost ability to do ‘dark arts of transfers’

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Manchester United have lost the ability to do the ‘dark arts of transfers’, according to football writer Andy Mitten

Football writer Andy Mitten has been questioning Manchester United’s waning power in the transfer market and says they have lost the ability to do the “dark arts of transfers” with fans receiving “mixed messages” about the club’s financial position.

“It’s very frustrating for fans and they’ve seen just one player come in so far,” Mitten told Sky Sports News.

“I don’t think anyone has the same pulling power as Sir Alex Ferguson but to be fair to Ole, he’s been putting calls in and I know he’s spoken to several managers about players who he likes.”

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Summer transfer window – key dates and times

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday, October 5 with a feast of activity lined up on Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports News and across our Sky Sports platforms.

A domestic-only window for deals between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday, October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on SSN and across Sky Sports‘ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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