Chelsea plotting move for world-cup winning French forward

Chelsea are interested in Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, reports from Spain say.

The Frenchman’s contract expires next summer, and he is understood to be considering his future.

According to Sport, Blaugrana are considering selling the forward, with neither the club nor the player interested in the contract negotiations.

Th Stamford Bridge outfit are named as one of the clubs watching the winger’s future, it was claimed.

But, they’ll only be convinced to make a swoop if a ‘reasonable price’ was set for the player.

The 23-year-old star has also been wanted by Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United in the past.

Dembele remained in Spain, though, with manager Ronald Koeman taking over at the Camp Nou last summer.

Ousmane has since made 19 appearances, netting six goals but his long-term future remains in doubt.

He joined the La Liga giants four years ago in a £110 million deal, acting as a replacement for Neymar, who joined PSG.

But the former Borussia Dortmund ace has failed to live up to expectations and has also been questioned regarding his conduct.

He is said to have upset the Blaugrana hierarchy in the past because of his diet, sleeping pattern, and turning up late for training sessions.

The star is also competing for a place in the team alongside Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi.

In other news, West Ham United have allegedly failed to seal a loan deal for Chelsea’s out-of-favour defender Emerson Palmieri.