Some bad news circulating this afternoon regarding one of Thomas Tuchel’s priority targets for the summer window.
We have been hearing plenty of noise surrounding a number of names being linked with Chelsea moves this summer, and one of them is Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.
The winger becomes a free agent in a matter of days and he has yet to sign an extension with Barcelona. Chelsea were thought to be in the mix to sign him, but according to local Barcelona insider Achraf Ben Ayad, Dembele now wants to stay at Barcelona.
He claims that Dembele wants to stay because he is happy in Spain and the coach loves him.
🚨 Message from Dembele's 🇫🇷 surroundings: "Dembele wants to stay because the coach loves him, the player feels happy in Barcelona. He is in the prime of his career, and for this reason, the club's offer should not be too far from the other offers he has received." @Benayadachraf
— RouteOneFootball (@Route1futbol) June 22, 2022
If this is true, it means Chelsea will now have to turn their attentions to other targets and linked names such as Raheem Sterling, Richarlison, and Raphinha.
But the way things have been going with all the ups and downs, you can’t rule anything out with Dembele yet.