Chelsea edge closer to completing signing of 25-year-old star - Reports


Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele this summer. The Frenchman's contract with the Catalan giants is set to expire on June 30. According to The Athletic, the Blues are are edging closer to securing the 25-year-old's signature.

A lack of goals and creativity in attack was one of the major reasons behind their inability to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title last season.

 The likes of Hakim Ziyech , Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored just 15 Premier League goals between them in the 2021/22 season.

Romelu Lukaku endured a disappointing 2021-22 campaign as well, scoring just 15 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. The 28-year-old struggled to adapt to Thomas Tuchel's system at Chelsea. A lack of adequate service from the wings and midfield is also attributed to the striker's lack of goals.

The Blues are therefore expected to sign a top-quality winger this summer. As per Dean Jones, Chelsea were interested in a move for Ousmane Dembele during the January transfer window. However, the transfer failed to materialize.

The 25-year-old put his failure to secure a move away from Camp Nou behind him by enjoying a stunning second half of the season. He thrived under the guidance of Xavi and went on to provide 11 assists in his last 13 La Liga appearances.

He ended the season as La Liga's top assist provider with 13 assists in 20 games. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner's directness, dribbling, speed, passing, and crossing ability could make him the ideal partner for Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea.

Dembele's representatives are rumored to have rejected Barcelona's latest contract offer as per Sique Rodriguez.

Hence, he looks set to run down his contract and become a free agent this summer. Chelsea will be keen to secure his signature before the commencement of their pre- season tour on July 17.

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