“The sporting situation assessed by our coaches is that we don’t want to have a player who isn’t committee to the project.”
Newcastle United are also rumoured to be in the race to sign the precocious Frenchman.
Eddie Howe’s side have been extremely busy in the January transfer window, having already secured the signings of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, and Bruno Guimaraes.
They have also reportedly agreed a £13m transfer fee for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Dan Burn, who is also set to undergo a medical at Newcastle.
However, considering Dembele’s perilous contractual situation and Barcelona’s apparent insistence on his departure, a cut-price move for the Frenchman could still be very possible.