Transfer Talk: PSG to bring in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele on shock deal


The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Barcelona, PSG close on Dembele deal

Ousmane Dembele has been part of one of the biggest transfer sagas of this winter window, but it could be soon concluded as the Barcelona winger could be joining Paris Saint-Germain.

Sky Sports reported on Sunday that the France international’s representatives were in talks with PSG, with Foot Mercato adding that a verbal agreement had been reached between the two sides.

The 24-year winger had been linked to Tottenham Hotspur and a number of other Premier League clubs, but it appears as though PSG will win the battle for his signature in a move that could see Barcelona net £20 million.

Dembele is out of contract in the summer and his representatives Moussa Sissoko and Marco Lichsteiner have been desperately seeking a solution for him that would enable him to leave in this window.

He had been offered a new shortened contract with a wage reduction, with Barcelona offering an ultimatum if he refused. And while Dembele was keen to see out his contract in LaLiga, the Catalans made it clear he wasn’t part of their plans.

Dembele joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 but has struggled with injuries during his time in Spain.

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