arsenal given an unmistakable message by Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele
ARSENAL are still hopeful of eventually securing Ousmane Dembele’s mark notwithstanding Barcelona demanding the player won’t leave the Camp Nou.
The Gunners’ confidence in arranging a deal is backed up by head of enrollment Sven Mislintat’s current association with the Frenchman.
Mislintat was essential in inducing a 19-year-old Dembele to swap Rennes for Borussia Dortmund in 2016 when he fulfilled the same role at the German club.
He joined Arsenal in November 2017 and has since helped bring Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira to the club after Unai Emery’s mid year landing.
Yet Barcelona are determined to keep Dembele at the club, in spite of worries over his off-field state of mind and timeliness.
While the youth has scored six objectives in ten amusements as of now this season, he has had showdown talks with club executives after turning up late to preparing on different events.
This has led to coach Ernesto Valverde dropping the winger from his squad a few times this season.
But Barcelona’s hierarchy believe the 20-cap France international simply needs to embed within the squad progressively and will start to flourish.
General manager Pep Segura told SER radio: »There is no problem with Dembele. He is exceptionally youthful and has never needed to attempt like the one he is doing now to adjust to Barca’s amusement.
« ‘We recognise that it is hard for him and he also recognises it, but we’re working to change this situation as quickly as possible.
« Indeed, we had a gathering, much the same as I met with three different agents, but it’s normal, it’s part of my job, they’re natural things. »
Liverpool are prepared to sprinkle a club-record £85million in January on Barcelona misfit Dembele.