The France international winger has struggled to live up to his price tag following his €105 million transfer three years ago with a series of injury setbacks and disciplinary breaches undermining his progress.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified Jadon Sancho as his primary transfer target this summer but is reluctantly considering alternative options with his hopes of signing the Borussia Dortmund star this summer fading.
Dembele was left on the bench last night as Barcelona continued their 100% start to life under new manager Ronald Koeman with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.
The Dutchman, who is keen to sign his compatriot Memphis Depay, insisted Dembele’s lack of involvement was purely tactical and Planes was equally adamant that the 23-year-old is capable of reasling his potential at Barcelona this season.
‘There are no negotiations with United for Dembele,’ he said. ‘We count on him a lot and we hope that this year he can show his best version.’
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