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Newcastle United are in ‘pole position’ to sign Ousmane Dembele for free next summer after Saudi-backed Magpies play an ‘astronomical bid’ for the Barcelona star

  • Newcastle United are reportedly in pole position over Ousmane Dembele . to land
  • The 24-year-old’s contract with Barcelona expires next summer
  • Reports in Spain suggest the Magpies made an ‘astronomical’ offer
  • Manchester United are also linked with an injury-compromised attacker











Newcastle United have made an ‘astronomical offer’ to release Ousmane Dembele next summer, putting the Magpies in ‘pole position’ and for Manchester United in the race for the Barcelona star, according to reports.

Despite new boss Xavi’s best efforts, Dembele, 24, has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the Camp Nou after next summer, as his current contract expires at the end of the season.

Barcelona have already made their best possible offer for the Frenchman, with Xavi promising Dembele that he will become one of the best strikers in the world if he stays at the Camp Nou.

Newcastle reportedly in ‘pole position’ to sign Ousmane Dembele for free next summer

The 24-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season when he is a free agent

The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season when he is a free agent

However, Mundo Deportivo reports that Dembele is getting closer to a Premier League switch next summer.

Man United have long been linked with an attack on the 24-year-old and he remains one of their main targets next year, but it is the newly wealthy Magpies who are pulling out all the stops for Dembele.

The Spanish report suggests Newcastle – which is backed by the Saudi public investment fund – has submitted an ‘astronomical offer’ for Dembele equivalent to €15 million (£12.73 million) a year in wages, as well as €15 million (£12 million). .73 million) bonus for moving to St James’ Park.

Reports in Spain claim Newcastle has made an 'astronomical' bid for the Frenchman (photo Newcastle directors Amanda Staveley (L), Mehrdad Ghodoussi (R) and Eddie Howe)

Reports in Spain claim Newcastle has made an ‘astronomical’ bid for the Frenchman (photo Newcastle directors Amanda Staveley (L), Mehrdad Ghodoussi (R) and Eddie Howe)

Barcelona's lack of money is not expected to match the Magpies' offer

Barcelona’s lack of money is not expected to match the Magpies’ offer

There are still 34 days before Dembele can begin formal negotiations with a view to entering into a pre-contractual agreement, but it is clear that the financially ravaged Catalans cannot match that offer.

Barcelona signed Dembele in 2017 on a £96 million deal, but the former Dortmund star’s ban at the Nou Camp has been tarnished by persistent injuries.

For now, Newcastle’s focus is on maintaining top flight status if they want to convince Dembele to move to Tyneside next season.

The scoreless Magpies are at the bottom of the table and new boss Eddie Howe has been tasked with averting the threat of relegation.

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