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football | Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:46 PM

Ousmane Dembele Next Club Odds: Chelsea Lead Race for Frenchman

Ousmane Dembele Next Club Odds: Chelsea Lead Race for Frenchman
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The transfer window is in full swing and top clubs have splashed the cash on big-money signings. Elsewhere, several sides are looking to be conservative and will rather cash in on free agents. This summer, a host of top-quality free agents are available and we’ll be taking a keen look at some of them.

Ousmane Dembele Next Club Odds

Without a doubt, Ousmane Dembele is amongst the highest-profile free agents this summer.

The Barcelona star has been one of the most quality attackers in Europe over recent seasons but his injury record has marred his overall quality. Despite suffering a four-month injury at the start of last season, the 25-year-old was the leading assist provider in La Liga last season with 13 assists from 21 appearances. He was an integral part of Barcelona’s second-half season revival under Xavi Hernandez.

Dembele is out of contract at the end of June and is now set to leave Barcelona for free. The Catalans have refused to meet his agents’ demands over a new deal. The Catalans are worried about paying another big-money contract for a player with so many injury problems, coupled with the club’s current financial woes.

The Frenchman’s exit for nothing will count as another form of bad business by the Spanish side. Barcelona paid a whopping £126m to sign Dembele from Dortmund in the summer of 2017. Since then, the forward has scored 32 goals, while recording 34 assists in 149 games across all competitions for the club.

He never really lived up to expectations and surely didn’t justify the huge money spent on him. As seen in the second half of the 2021/22 season though, a top talent remains in Dembele and he can still perform well under the right manager and system.

Ousmane Dembele Next Club Odds

  • Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea Odds: 1.53
  • Ousmane Dembele to PSG Odds: 5.50
  • Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool Odds: 13.00
  • Ousmane Dembele to Newcastle Odds: 21.00
  • Ousmane Dembele to Bayern Munich Odds: 26.00

Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea Odds

Chelsea are the favourites by far to land his signature on a free transfer. As per several sources, there have been ‘positive signals’ from the player’s entourage regarding a move to the West London outfit. There is every reason to see why Dembele would fancy Chelsea.

Tuchel knows Dembele well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund. The Frenchman could be a quality acquisition for t and could fit in properly on the right flank. The likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic have struggled for Chelsea in wide areas and Tuchel is reportedly looking to bring in one or two more forwards.

Admittedly, a player like Dembele could come with a high risk for Chelsea, given the player’s injury woes and the famous physicality of the Premier League. However, it is worth a gamble, given that he will join on a free transfer and they won’t have to break the bank to see it happen.

Tuchel has reportedly held a private conversation with the player, amid reports the player and the club could come to terms over a deal soon enough. A move is likely at this stage, and it is well reflected with mere odds of 1.53 to see that happen.

Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea Odds: 1.53

Ousmane Dembele to PSG Odds

Dembele has not gathered as much interest as many would have hoped for. The reasons are not far-fetched though. PSG were among the sides to be initially linked with the Frenchman but new director Luis Campos has reportedly opted against such a move.

The French giants are only on the lookout for immediate success and are reluctant to sign a player with injury problems and disciplinary issues. Dembele’s wages might also be an issue for several clubs but not PSG, which perhaps explains why they remain the next best favourites to sign him, with odds of 5.50.

Ousmane Dembele to PSG Odds: 5.50

Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool Odds

It is no news that Liverpool will need to make several additions to bolster their forward line this summer. Divock Origi has left the club while Sadio Mane could yet follow suit. Elsewhere, Firmino and Mohamed Salah are in the final year of their contracts.

The Reds have already signed Darwin Nunez but could do with much firepower. Like Tuchel and Dembele, Klopp is also well familiar with the Frenchman and was the player’s landlord for a while before the forward completed a move to Barcelona.

Should Liverpool decide to cash in one or two more of their forwards, Dembele could come in as a direct replacement but there is a slim chance this would happen, given that the Reds have more or less broken their transfer record to sign one attacker. Regardless, it is a punt worth taking at 13.00 odds.

Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool Odds: 13.00 

Ousmane Dembele to Newcastle Odds

If finances will come as an issue for many, Newcastle will never find themselves in such a situation. It is perhaps the sole reason they have been linked with Dembele.

Several reports claimed the Magpies tabled a mega-offer to Barcelona for the player back in February but there was no confirmation if it did happen. Still only 25, it is unlikely Dembele would consider a move to Newcastle but never write off the convincing power of money, as we saw with Mbappe and PSG. With 21.00 odds on offer, even the bookies don’t see this happening but we’ll never know.

Ousmane Dembele to Newcastle Odds: 21.00

All odds quoted are the best odds available as at 13:00 on June 16th 2022. Odds may now differ.

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