OUSMANE DEMBELE will NOT be joining Manchester United, with the Barcelona winger reportedly set to put pen-to-paper on a new contract.
The Frenchman has previously been linked to Manchester United but has now agreed on a new five-year deal at Barcelona on a LOWER weekly wage.
According to Spanish outlet SPORT, the 24-year-old will sign a new contract next month.
The wide-man will help reduce Barca’s overall wage bill by taking on a lower wage, therefore helping to fund new signings.
It’s the opposite to most new contract announcements, with players often rewarded with bumper new deals, not reduced earnings.
Cash-strapped Barca is in mounds of debt but is still set to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City for a reported £55million.
It’s claimed that Dembele went against the wishes of his agents by agreeing to a new deal.
They had been keen on a move for their client to secure a hefty commission fee.
But Dembele was said to be ‘decisive’ in his will to stay and be part of Xavi’s rebuilding project at the Nou Camp.
Several clubs, including Manchester United, had been interested in signing the World Cup winner, with his current contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
But now, a new long-term deal at Barcelona is set to end that interest.
Newcastle reportedly approached Dembele as the Magpies chased a marquee signing in January.
Eddie Howe is desperate for reinforcements to help his side survive the drop.
Tottenham has been linked with Dembele in recent weeks, with Antonio Conte also looking to make some signings of his own.
However, all interested parties are now missing out on signing Dembele.
An official announcement of a new contract at Barca is expected next week, with only the ‘closing details’ to be finalized between the player and the club.