In a recent report, Catalan news outlet El Nacional revealed that Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is on Manchester City’s radar. It has been stated that the Mancunian giants are willing to offer Raheem Sterling in exchange for the Barca speedster’s services as Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of his talents.
Dembele’s Encouraging Campaign In Spanish Football Recently
Dembele had a fruitful season at the Nou Camp recently as he finally overcame his injury problems and played a prominent role in Ronald Koeman’s first XI. The French wing wizard participated in 44 matches for the Catalan club in the previous campaign, scoring 11 goals and securing five assists in all competitions.
The 24-year-old gave a good account of himself in the final third after he averaged 1.8 shots, 1.3 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game in La Liga. He was even excellent when interchanging possession deep inside the opposition half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 85.8% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).
Should The Catalan Outfit Sanction Dembele’s Exit?
Dembele is blessed with electic pace that helps him complete some eye-catching dribbles with the ball in the opponent’s half. He can create some decent plays for others around him and can be a good finisher in front of the opposition goal when he is playing regularly for Barca on the field.
The Frenchman is highly versatile as he can play on either wing or operate as a centre-forward up top if needed. At 24, the best is yet to come from him as long as he can steer clear of injuries in the future.
However, frequent injuries have hampered Dembele’s career at Barcelona thus far. He is yet to make an appearance for the Catalan giants this season, so there are some concerns over whether replicate his form from last season if Man City end up securing his services this winter.
Hence, Barca should consider sending him to the Etihad Stadium in return for Sterling as the English winger will be far more reliable for them in the long run. With all things considered, Ronald Koeman should think about sanctioning Dembele’s departure when the transfer window commences in January.