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Reports: Barca Could Cash on Dembele This January
One of last summer’s biggest transfers could turn into one of this winter’s most-discussed moves, with Goal understanding that Barcelona are open to selling Ousmane Dembele this January.
The winger joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for €105 million plus a reported €40 million in potential add-ons in August 2017 after scoring 10 goals and laying on a further 21 assists in his first season with the Bundesliga giants.
Dembele went onto make 23 appearances during an injury-ravaged first season for the Blaugrana at Camp Nou, scoring four goals, but it has become clear that the France international has fallen some way down the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde.
Despite some encouraging performances he has started just eight matches in all competitions this season – completing 90 minutes on just one occasion, against minnows Huesca in the week of September.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are unsurprisingly among the first names on Valverde’s teamsheet, but with the captain out for three weeks with a fractured arm it was expected that Dembele would get more chances to shine from the start.
Instead he had to make do with a place on the bench against both Inter and Real Madrid, with Rafinha- a player who Barca sent out on loan during the second half of last season- preferred alongside Suarez and Coutinho.