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Report: Ousmane Dembéle uninterested in leaving Barcelona for Bayern Munich

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Despite rumors that Barcelona want to sell the attacker to make way for Neymar and Griezmann, Dembélé is determined to stay.

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Recent reports out of Germany had suggested Bayern Munich were considering Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembéle as a “plan b” of sorts since their pursuit of Manchester City’s Leroy Sané has seemingly cooled off. Bild reported that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is a big advocate of Dembéle’s and that Bayern would be willing to pursue him as a backup plan for Sané, despite the fact that it would likely take a considerable fee to sign him.

Sky Germany and kicker (via tz), however, now both report that Dembéle in fact has zero interest in moving to Bayern Munich. A member of Dembélé team of agents told Sky that the midfielder is committed to Barcelona:

The odds that Ousmane will play for Bayern next season are virtually nil. He is and stays with FC Barcelona.

Despite the Frenchman’s desire to stay with the Catalans, however, kicker report that Barcelona is looking everywhere for a buyer, especially since both Antoine Griezmann and Neymar are close to agreeing terms to join Barcelona. Spanish radio station “Onda Cera” claims that the asking price for Dembélé has dropped from €125 million to €100 million.

Dembéle’s current contract with Barcelona runs through 2022, so they have all the leverage as regards his price tag. He cost them approximately €145 million including bonuses when he forced his way out of Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. But the move hasn’t panned out how the Catalans would’ve liked, especially with the hamstring injury he suffered in the beginning of the 2017/2018 campaign.

With the Bayern links to Dembéle now seemingly squashed, the search for a viable winger in the wake of both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben continues. Ideally, Bayern will want to have signed at least one winger before the transfer window closes, and the earlier the better so that they can have as much of a pre-season with the club as possible.