Manchester United bolstered their attack in the summer with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
But, according to reports, Solskjaer is eyeing further reinforcements and could add to his plethora of attacking options at the end of the season.
United enjoyed an exciting summer transfer window, in which the club splashed out £126million on three high-profile players.
Sancho and Ronaldo joined Raphael Varane in arriving at Old Trafford, adding world-class quality and experience to Solskjer’s ranks.
But if the Catalan media is to be believed, the Red Devils might not be done recruiting attacking talent after Ronaldo.
Solskjaer could be targeting a shrewd move for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele in 2022.
According to El Nacional, United have contacted Dembele’s representatives about their interest in signing him on a free transfer next summer.
The Premier League giants looked into recruiting Dembele last year to solve their right-wing void, but nothing materialised.
United could reignite their interest in the 24-year-old in the coming months after he entered the final year of his current contract.
Dembele will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season if he doesn’t agree to an extension at Camp Nou, where consistent injuries have stifled his development.
The France international joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a £135.5m deal in 2017, making him the second most expensive player of all-time behind Neymar back then.
A debut injury against Getafe – rupturing his hamstring and undergoing surgery – set the mood for the remainder of his stay at the club.
He has continued to suffer injury issues throughout his stint in Spain and missed nine months of action after damaging his hamstring again in November 2019.
El Nacional claim that whilst Barcelona haven’t given up hope of Dembele extending his stay, United’s interest could throw a spanner in the works.
But given Mason Greenwood’s meteoric ceiling and Sancho’s £73m summer arrival, United may think twice about heavily pursuing Dembele if the opportunity arises.
Since joining United, Sancho has featured on both wings, Paul Pogba also regularly starts as Solskjaer’s left-winger, and Marcus Rashford is still to return.
Although Dembele boasts undisputed potential, his dismal injury record could be a significant concern too.
El Nacional have also credited Manchester City with a serious interest in Dembele, though, and Pep Guardiola could offer Raheem Sterling in a part-exchange.