Man Utd could sign world-cup winning forward in cut-price deal in January

La Liga giants, Barcelona are reportedly prepared to lower their price tag for Ousmane Dembele to just £45m when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

The 23-year-old winger was strongly linked with a loan move away from Nou Camp this summer, however, interest from the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool failed to materialise into a concrete bid.

The Catalan giants were keen to tie Dembele down to a new deal before letting him depart on loan to protect his transfer value, however, the winger’s refusal to sign a new deal scuppered theirt plans to both offload him and sign Memphis Depay as a long-term replacement.

Barcelona are still trying to convince Dembele to extend his contract, however, Spanish outlet Sport claims that they are ready to slash their price tag in January should he refuse again.

The Frenchman would be available as little as £45m – less than half the £97m Barcelona paid to sign him from Dortmund just three years ago.

Dembele’s current contract does not expire until 2022 however, Barcelona are desperate to offload him either on a temporary or permanent basis to trim their wage bill.

The forward has featured for just 20 minutes under new Barcelona head-coach Ronald Koeman so far this campaign and has been limited to only 52 La Liga games in total since joining the club.