Chelsea cooled interest in signing of 25-year-old French forward
Premier League giants, Chelsea have reportedly end their interest in securing the services of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
The 25-year-old forward’s future stays the subject of much speculation, with his current contract at Nou Camp set to expire at the end of the month.
France international star recently dropped a hint that he could stay with La Liga giants, while the club’s manager Xavi has allegedly urged the hierarchy to make a final attempt to keep hold of him.
Chelsea, alongside PSG, have been heavily linked with the France international over the last few weeks, with the player seemingly preparing to depart from Camp Nou for free.
However, according to Sport, while there is strong interest from Thomas Tuchel’s team, the Blues have cooled their interest in the World Cup winner at this stage of proceedings.
The report suggests that Chelsea have been ‘surprised by the footballer’s demands’ considering his injury issues.
The former Rennes starlet is believed to have told the Premier League club that he will only join them if he is considered to a be regular starter under Thomas Tuchel.
Earlier this month, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said that the team were still waiting for an answer from Ousamane Dembele over a potential new contracts at Camp Nou.
“Dembele has an offer to stay, but we have no news that he’s accepted it. We haven’t had a reply from him,” Laporta told reporters when asked about the situation.
“Ousmane Dembele’s future remains open and we are not going to enter into endless speculation,” Football Espana quoted the player’s agent Moussa Dembele as saying in May.
“We are and have always been very respectful of all the clubs and we will continue in the same way as long as the process continues. When the time is right to make a decision, Ousmane will consider what is the best option for the future.”
Dembele has managed to found back of the net 32 times and provided 34 assists in 149 games for Barcelona since joining the Catalan giants from Dortmund in August 2017.