Ousmane Dembélé has been told by Barcelona to study his options in the winter transfer window, according to the radio station RAC1. The winger has been the subject of debate within the club, and according to the report, last Thursday, he was given the order to look for potential buyers.
This would have come after he was an unused substitute in Barça’s 2-0 win over Inter Milan, but before his good showing off the bench in el clásico, in which he assisted a goal against Real Madrid in a 5-1 thrashing.
There were reports last week that Dembélé had a chronic lateness problem, although sources within the club denied the rumor according to Mundo Deportivo. The player himself replied to one of the rumors on Instagram with a string of laughing emojis.
This rumor made a bit more sense after the Inter game, but after Dembélé was given the chance to come on in el clásico and he performed well, would the fans accept his sale in the winter?
He started the season as a starter and had some good showings. With depth a priority for teams wanting to win all big competitions, and Valverde pressured to rotate more than ever, why would Barça get rid of such a talent in the winter, when it’s harder to find a replacement?