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Chelsea close in on Dembele

Chelsea are two of the summer destination options for soon-to-be free agent Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele after collapsed negotiations between his representatives and Paris Saint-Germain, according to Diario Sport.

Paris Saint-Germain appear to have dropped out of the race to sign the 25-year-old, leaving the way clear for the Premier League side, according to Diario Sport.

Dembele has a “big offer on the table” from the Blues who are willing to offer a four-year deal “with a big signing on fee and bonus for the player and his agents.”

Barcelona have not made a new offer for the Frenchman and his “renewal seems almost impossible at the moment,” according to Marca.

The “economic distance” between the two sides appears to be too great and problems in communication between Barca and Dembele’s agent hasn’t helped matters.

There’s similar talk in the UK where talkSPORT are also claiming Chelsea are favorites to land Dembele in a move that would see the Frenchman reunited with Thomas Tuchel.

The two worked together previously at Borussia Dortmund and Dembele is being tipped to become the first Chelsea signing under new owner Todd Boehly.

PSG’s outgoing sporting director Leonardo approves the idea of signing Dembele on a free transfer but his expected successor Luis Campos reportedly prefers to strengthen the team’s midfield instead.

Despite weeks of negotiations, PSG might have closed the door on Dembele, the report added.

Dembele is reportedly now left with two options; joining Chelsea or staying at Barcelona.

Dembele, whose contract at Barcelona expires at the end of this month, could reportedly announce the decision over his future next week.

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