United’s priority target before Monday’s transfer deadline is Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. The England international has a £108million price tag which the Red Devils are finding difficult to meet.
One option they may take is to bring another attacker in on loan, so they can return with an improved bid next summer.
Dembele is a name United chiefs are keen on and he is struggling to nail down a starting spot at the Nou Camp.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona have discussed a potential move to Old Trafford with Dembele.
And both parties agree that the only beneficial outcome would be a permanent move.
But if they miss out join another key target it could cause an uproar among the fans, according to ESPN pundit Julien Learns.
“Are they kidding me? Are Manchester United not actually understanding the frustrations of their own fans?” he said.
“I’ll tell you why they’re frustrated the Manchester United fans, and I think if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I would be frustrated.
“Not for the fake news of transfers and being linked with players. No, for the players they were in for. And who they keep missing out. Year after year, summer after summer, the same thing happening every time, every time, every time.
“But I’m telling you the players they WERE interested in. Gabriel [Magalhaes] I’m telling you, they were interested in him. They would have signed him.
“Donny van de Beek they were lucky he’d already agreed with Real Madrid and that one didn’t come through and they were able to sign him.
“Bruno Fernandes, it took them 18 months to sign him. Erling Haaland, chose another club. Jadon Sancho, still not happening.
“Every summer it’s the time. As a United fan you go crazy. They don’t know whether it’s Matt Jidge, Ed Woodward, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the tea lady, the guy on the security gate they’re incompetent when it comes down to transfers.
“And that’s why their own fans are frustrated, and I swear some of the players might be frustrated, by how bad they are on the transfer window. And all the agents say it.”
Source: express co.uk