Arsenal prepare huge bid to sign 21-year-old FC Barcelona star

Arsenal prepare huge bid to sign 21-year-old FC Barcelona star

Various reports also understand the Catalan side may offload Dembele as they may need cash to fund their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The financial penalty consists of two weeks' wages for the 26-year-old goalkeeper, who is thought to be on a £100,000-per-week deal.

"I think the World Cup is the ideal habitat for a player like him to give [their] best", Mourinho said.

Even after the signing of Brazilian Malcolm and Chile's Arturo Vidal, Barcelona signaled they would continue to seek reinforcements in the market, and this time it is Frenchman Paul Pogba, now at Manchester United.

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But he was dropped for a crucial Champions League tie with Sevilla in February in favour of 21-year-old Scott McTominay and was substituted during disappointing defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle as City ran away with the title.

It adds that another of Raiola's clients, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is wanted by United.

Last season's Premier League runners-up have stuttered in the market this summer, having so far only signed Brazil midfielder Fred, promising full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Barcelona's offer of Mina as part of the Pogba deal is due to the fact Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defence.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona are looking to bolster their transfer budget to sign Pogba with the sales of Yerry Mina, Paco Alcácer, Rafinha and André Gomes. The Frenchman has often been criticized for his subpar performances at Old Trafford, but in recent months, much of the criticism from fans and media has switched to Mourinho, especially in the wake of Pogba's stellar performance in France's World Cup winning effort.

This could open the door for Dembele to leave the club which would bring Arsenal into the mix, especially after FC Barcelona have signed an effective replacement for Dembele in one-time Arsenal target, Malcom.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford have since returned from their World Cup exertions but both are unlikely to be fit enough for 90 minutes against Leicester, possibly leaving Sanchez as the focal point of United's attack.

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