Chelsea in pole position to sign €30m-rated Barcelona star

Chelsea have closed in on a deal to secure services of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele to the club on a free transfer in the summer, according to a report.

Speculation around the Frenchman’s future has been rumbling on for around 12 months, with a contract extension at the Catalan giants yet to be agreed between the Catalan side and the player.

The 25-year-old was rumoured with a host of top teams in the Winter transfer window, as well as current links with a move to the likes of PSG and Liverpool over the coming weeks.

However, Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are on the verge to completing a deal for Ousamane Dembele ahead of the expiration of his deal with Barcelona in June.

The sale of Chelsea to Todd Boehly’s consortium edges closer following approval from both UK government and PL meaning Tuchel has been able to press ahead with his preparations for the upcoming transfer window.

Should a move for Dembele go through, it would see the forawrd and Tuchel reunited, after they have worked together at Dortmund.

Dembele was then sold to Barcelona for a  €145m (£123.2m) transfer fee, where he has managed to found back of the net 32 times in 150 games during an injury-disrupted five-year stay so far.