By Danny Wright
Arsenal have had an offer turned down by Borussia Dortmund for their exciting young attacker Ousmane Dembele, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo claims that ultra-rich Paris St. German have also tabled an offer for the 20-year-old, but like the Gunners they have also seen their approach emphatically rebuffed by the Bundesliga giants.
It is understood that Dortmund may consider offers starting at a staggering £71million for the seven-times France international, who is also on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The report adds that Barca see Dembele as an ideal replacement for PSG-bound Neymar, but Dortmund are believed to have said that their young talent isn’t for sale.
Dembele only signed a five-year deal at the Signal Iduna Park last summer when he was transferred from French side Stade Rennais.
His first season in the Bundesliga saw him prove that Thomas Tuchel was right to sign him up as he scored 10 goals and supplied 21 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions.
The attack-minded winger scored crucial goals in both the German Cup semi-final win against Bayern Munich and the final victory against Mainz as he lifted the first piece of silverware of his career.
Football Insider Verdict
Arsene Wenger has to be praised for the ambition he has shown this summer. Alexandre Lacazette has already become the Gunners’ record signing and the capture of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke should also be applauded. However the French manager might be over-ambitious in his pursuit of Dembele. The young winger is destined to play for one of Europe’s top clubs and there’s no way he would move to a team that isn’t playing in the Champions League next season. The £71million valuation of the player is probably also achievable for the Gunners unless they sell Alexis Sanchez. However if there are offers on the table from Barcelona or Real Madrid, Arsenal are likely to not even be considered.