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No move for Dembele despite transfer offer from Premier League club

4:07 AM GMT+8 01/02/2022
Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2021-22
The 24-year-old did not move away from Camp Nou before the January transfer window closed

Barcelona received an offer from an English club for Ousmane Dembele, president Joan Laporta has said, but the player ultimately didn't move before the January deadline.

The French winger was linked with a departure from Camp Nou before the transfer window closed on Monday, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Chelsea were reported to be plotting a move for the 24-year-old, who has made 11 appearances in all competitions this term.

What has been said?

Laporta confirmed that an approach was made for Dembele ahead of the close of the transfer window.

The president told Mundo Deportivo: "A number of different solutions have been offered and the final one depends on the player accepting leaving for an English club."

It was reported on Monday that the player did not want to leave Camp Nou in the middle of the season and was expected to remain beyond the deadline.

The window came to a close on January 31 with no deal materialising for the ex-Rennes star.

What have Chelsea said?

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was asked about his club's reported interest in the former Borussia Dortmund star earlier this month.

He told reporters: "We are not in close contact, we have met here and there because of his duties for the French national team when I was in Paris. We exchanged some messages."

How has Dembele performed for Barcelona?

Dembele joined Barca from Dortmund in 2017 but has struggled to maintain a spot in the first-team due to injuries.

Dembele has made just 129 appearances in all competitions over his four and a half years with the team.

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