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A transfer specialist has revealed that Ousmane Dembele is the ‘first name’ on Newcastle United’s list ahead of a potential move to St. James’ Park.
The Lowdown: Dembele promise
Dembele was a player of such promise when he was first breaking through at Borussia Dortmund, earning him a whoppingmove to FC Barcelona back in the summer transfer window of 2017.
His early spells with the Catalan giants even earned praise from the great Lionel Messi, who dubbed his then teammate a.
The Latest: Wanted on Tyneside
As per, who is verified on Twitter as an ‘ ‘, Dembele is the ‘ ‘ that consortium member Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) wants to bring to the North East.
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However, a move in January seems unlikely, as he would prefer to sign the France international as a free agent, given that his current deal at the Camp Nou expires in the summer.
The Verdict: Sign
Dembele needs to rejuvenate his career, as he has never really been able to hit the ground running since arriving at Barca, with 30 goals and 21 assists recorded in 118 games in total over all competitions across the last four seasons ().
However, at 24 years of age, he still has the potential to fulfil the promise that he had early on in his career, and could combine well with fellow French winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
Nonetheless, to get him for free, given that he currently has a market value of, would represent exceptional business by the Tyneside club.
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