Chelsea suffer fresh transfer blow as Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona reach agreement


07 Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RD Mallorca at Camp Nou Stadium on May 1, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

Chelsea have suffered another transfer blow from Barcelona after they reached an agreement with Ousmane Dembele over a new contract. It follows their attempts to hijack a transfer for Raphinha from Leeds.

Chelsea have been handed a further blow in the transfer window in their chase to sign Dembele from Barcelona.

The Blues are desperate to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season despite already having a number of wide players. Thomas Tuchel has not been impressed by his current crop, which includes substandard campaigns from Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.

There are several players being linked with a Stamford Bridge switch including Raphinha, Raheem Sterling and even Cristiano Ronaldo. But one deal that looked like it could have been pulled off is that of Dembele.

The Frenchman is a free agent after his contract expired at Barcelona at the end of the month. Tuchel knows the player well from his time at Borussia Dortmund and a transfer was heavily tipped.

However, according to Sport, Chelsea have been dealt a cruel blow in the transfer window after Dembele took a step closer to signing a new deal with Barcelona. Staying at the Nou Camp has always been the player's priority but negotiations had proved fruitless.


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