Barcelona hint at Ousmane Dembele future amid Man Utd transfer speculation

Ousmane Dembele appears to be a firm part of Barcelona's plans moving forward following comments made by the club's president.

The Frenchman has endured a difficult three years at the Nou Camp following his mega money move from Borussia Dortmund.

His struggles have seen him linked with a move away and Manchester United, who are on the look out for a wide forward, have been touted as a possible destination.

But as Barcelona undergo wholesale changes on and off the pitch president Josep Maria Bartomeu has named a handfull of players who will not be sold.

Ronald Koeman is expected to take over after the Catalans sacked head coach Quique Setien and then sporting director Eric Abidal.

The Dutchman, who was once a star at the Nou Camp, will need to lift spirits with even Lionel Messi supposedly questioning his own future.

Bartomeu though insists the Argentinean, his French team-mate and several others will remain at the Spanish giants.

"It would be a cliché to just say Leo Messi" he said. "Messi is the best player in history but there are other non-transferable ones.

"There are many young players. Ter Stegen, Lenglet, De Jong, Semedo, Dembélé, Griezmann. They are players that we count on a lot and who have come to spend many years at Barca."

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Dembele has managed to score just 19 times in 74 appearances in what has been an injury ravaged period of his career.

United were linked with the 23-year-old as an alternative to Jadon Sancho who remains their No 1 summer target.

The Englishman is part of Dortmund's pre-season preparations with the German club setting United a deadline by which they had to have completed a deal.

That date has since passed and they maintain that Sancho will now remain in the Bundesliga for the forseeable future.

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