Chelsea are desperate to sign 22-year-old France international

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is reportedly likely to leave the Catalan club in winter, with Blues among the teams interested. News of London club’s transfer ban being lifted last Friday would have been warmly greeted by supporters and management alike, and now they can begin to advance any plans on potential targets.

France international’s unhappiness at Blaugrana looks to be growing, but with Man City also interested, his future is still unclear. He signed for the La Liga giants for £136m back in 2017, though Ousmane has failed to live up to that price tag so Citizens could bid for as little as €95m according to the report.

English manager has made a few difficult decisions since his come back to London club, and they have mostly come about the playing personnel, with several senior first-team footballers finding themselves out of the team, such as Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso.

The focus on him has so far paid off, and though there is a need for defenders with 24 goals conceded in 16 league matches, a big-money signing like Ousmane may not be a wise move.

There is no doubting his talent, which he has shown on occasion in La Liga, but he’d present a big outlay for a winger who isn’t necessarily better than what the London club already have.

Willian and Christian Pulisic have been in good form this campaign with a combined total of nine goals and nine assists, and therefore the London club should focus on guaranteeing the future of the former before making any other movements in the transfer market.