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Man Utd blow as Barcelona demand they pay Ousmane Dembele’s £215k wages in full to seal loan transfer

BARCELONA will demand Manchester United pay the whole of Ousmane Dembele’s huge wages if they let him out on loan.

The £215,000 a week France forward has emerged as a possible alternative to key target Jadon Sancho.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to wrap things up quickly with the transfer window due to close on Monday.

Barca are looking to raise funds after being hit hard by the coronavirus and with a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in their sights.

They would like to offload Dembele, 23, in a permanent deal but United are reluctant.

Yet Barca may be willing to let him move on loan, providing a club agrees to pay his  salary in full.

That could yet prove to be a sticking point, with United’s search for a new attacker likely to go down to the wire.

Solskjaer could have more cash at his disposal with moves to Italy pending for both Chris Smalling and Andreas Pereira this weekend.

Talks with Barca over Dembele appeared to be going well earlier in the week.

The ex-Rennes star had last season wrecked by two hamstring injuries.

And he last started a game 11 months ago.

Dembele was also in Ronald Koeman’s bad books on Monday as he turned up 15 minutes late for training.

Meanwhile, United's hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Sancho, 20, are fading.

There have been few positive signs since Old Trafford chiefs tabled an offer some months ago of £70million up front rising to £100m.

Instead, German giants Dortmund have stood firm on their desire for a fuller payment in one go.

Man Utd open Ousmane Dembele transfer talks with Barcelona as they eye season-long loan amid Jadon Sancho struggles

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