Ousmane Dembele could be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era at Chelsea with the club ‘quietly confident’ of beating Paris Saint-Germain against the out-of-contract Barcelona winger this summer
- Chelsea would like to sign Ousmane Dembele for free
- Dembele, 25, is set to leave Barcelona when his contract expires in July
- Paris Saint-Germain appeared in charge to snap him up this summer
- But reports suggest the Blues are now confident to beat them to signing
Chelsea are ‘quietly confident’ of beating Paris Saint-Germain to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer, according to reports.
Dembele, 25, is set to leave Barcelona when his contract expires in July, with the two sides still struggling to reach an agreement on an extension.
The French winger will therefore be available to sign on a free transfer when his contract expires, and it was PSG who initially appeared in charge to take him.
Parc des Princes chiefs have reportedly identified him as a priority target this summer, but uncertainty over sporting director Leonardo’s future has cast doubt on the move.
Chelsea are quietly confident of beating PSG to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer
And according to 90min.com, Chelsea are imagining their chances of sneaking past PSG and luring Dembele to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are ready to do business again with Todd Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover set to finally materialize on Monday, having operated under a special government license since former owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned in March.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel is keen to strengthen in a number of areas over the summer, but doubts over the futures of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic mean attacking reinforcements are leading the way. agenda.
Dembele is set to leave Barcelona when his contract expires in just over a month
PSG seemed in pole position, but uncertainty over Leonardo’s future casts doubt
Chelsea therefore imagine their chances of making him the first signing of the Todd Boehly era
There is said to be growing confidence that Dembele, who has registered 32 goals and 34 assists in 150 games for Barca, will join Tuchel’s squad when his contract with Barca expires.
The player previously worked under Tuchel, who brought him to Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
Dembele produced a return of 10 goals and 21 assists in his debut campaign at Signal Iduna Park before securing a £126m move to Barca the following year.
His fortunes have plummeted since joining the Nou Camp, with injury troubles and off-field discipline issues stifling his progress.
Although at the age of 25, Dembele still has plenty of time to regain his peak form and reach his peak, making him an attractive free signing for Chelsea and other top European clubs.
Thomas Tuchel previously worked with Dembele signing him from Borussia Dortmund in 2016
Nevertheless, the Blues could also face competition from Bayern Munich for his signature as it is believed that Dembele and his representatives have held talks with Allianz chiefs.
Since their own contract negotiations with Serge Gnabry hit a stumbling block, Bayern are already making contingency plans in attack for head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Liverpool have also reportedly made contact with Dembele’s side in recent weeks.
However, it is believed that his preference will be to move to London this summer if he leaves Barca as planned, leaving Chelsea in a strong position to make him the first signing of the Boehly era.