Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes has denied the club are in negotiations with Manchester United over Ousmane Dembele and expects the Frenchman to stay at the club.
Dembele, 23, has struggled since moving to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017 and various reports claimed the La Liga side were open to his departure this summer in order to raise transfer funds for new boss Ronald Koeman.
MEN Sport understands United have no interest in signing Dembele permanently but are considering the France international as an emergency loan option if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho before Monday’s transfer deadline.
However, Planes has refuted suggestions United have been in contact over Dembele’s services.
“First of all, no negotiations with Manchester United at the moment,” he said. “Completely deny that. He’s a player we count on, we know his potential. We hope this year the team sees the best of him.”
Dembele was an unused substitute during Barcelona’s win against Celta on Thursday night which sparked speculation over his future.
However, Koeman insisted it was purely for tactical reasons.
He said: “I think Pedri and Trincao can contribute more defensively than Dembele can, that’s why they played. We showed a lot of discipline. At the break, we talked about the 4-4-1 system and the players have done a great job.”