Four Clubs Ousmane Dembélé Should Consider Moving To If He Leaves Borussia Dortmund

Four Clubs Ousmane Dembélé Should Consider Moving To If He Leaves Borussia Dortmund
Jun 17, 2017

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France is something of a hub of the best young talent of this generation. The likes of Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappé and Kingsley Coman have all emerged in the last couple of years and they have all made big strides and have been part of the national team. One such player who hasn’t exactly got the praise and hype he deserves is Borussia Dortmund’s 20-year-old sensation Ousmane Dembélé.

Having made a move to the Westfalenstadion last summer, he has been linked with a host of big clubs this summer. Dembélé is known as a versatile player, able to play anywhere along the front line. He has operated predominately on the right side of a front three for Dortmund, but Thomas Tuchel also employed him in a creative central midfield role from slightly deeper positions.

He had a terrific season where he contributed 10 goals and 21 assists in all competitions as Borussia Dortmund won their first major trophy after five years by winning the DFB Pokal Cup where Dembélé once again put in a brilliant performance and scored a wonderful goal. His ability to glide past players with ease is his stand-out strength, along with his ability to use either foot, adding another element of unpredictability to his game making him one of the irresistible talents going around. His performance against England last week only enhanced his reputation with major clubs circling around him. According to several reports, Dortmund has set his asking price at around £80 million, however that fee is unlikely to distract the big clubs vying for his signature.

Dream: Barcelona

Dembélé himself admitted in a recent interview that there was an approach from Barcelona last summer, but he chose to sign for Borussia Dortmund for increased first-team opportunities. However, he did mention that Barcelona is his dream club. He said, “Not now because I have to be a protagonist every Sunday to grow. But, someday I’ll play at Barca.” While he intended to mean that the day could be a few years, there is a very real possibility of him signing for Barcelona. This is a summer of change at both Borussia Dortmund as well as Barcelona where new managers have been appointed and there are quite a lot of changes expected and this might just make Dembélé think in favour of a move to the Nou Camp.

The 20-year-old is reportedly a target for new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. Valverde has tended to employ a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation with a roaming No.10 and that is likely to be the main man himself, Lionel Messi. Barcelona don’t have a traditional right winger and Dembélé will fit in perfectly in that role. Also, Valverde might decide to use a 3-3-1-3 formation in the Cruyff mould just like Luis Enrique did towards the end of his final season in charge. Even in that formation, Dembélé could fit in the right side like a glove. Barcelona’s attack at times tends to be structurally lopsided as Messi tends to drift inside from the right and they don’t really have a quality right back. Dembélé could solve that issue and with Neymar on the other side and Messi orchestrating moves from the central areas, Barcelona could well and truly be a joy to watch.

Logical: Manchester United

Massive fee, big name manager, big club. Yes, you’ve guessed it. Manchester United. In many ways, the switch could be a realistic as well as a very good move for Dembélé. United lacked in goals last season and Dembélé could be an answer to their problem. The Frenchman can be the creative spark for Manchester United and he will fit in very well at Old Trafford. José Mourinho has always tended to use employ 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations or variants of them. United lack an out and out right winger and Dembélé could slot in the right side of the attacking trio, with fellow countryman Anthony Martial coming in from the left and either Álvaro Morata, if and when he signs, or Marcus Rashford as the striker up top.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Jesse Lingard could be the creative and hardworking No.10 that Mourinho craves if he decides to use a 4-2-3-1 formation. Dembélé will be one of the key men in attack and although Mourinho does not have the greatest track record when it comes to harnessing young talents, he could help Dembélé to move on to the next level.

There has been several praises for him and one has been from former France international and ex- Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, who in an interview with France Football back in January said, “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that he can win the Ballon d’Or. I saw Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age at Manchester United, and Ousmane has the characteristics that remind me of a young Cristiano.” Dembélé would surely relish the opportunity to take the No.7 shirt and to play for one of the elite clubs and with fellow countrymen Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba already at the club; it would be a very enticing move for both the club and the player.

Wildcard: Bayern Munich

A Borussia Dortmund talisman deciding to make a move to Bavaria powerhouses Bayern Munich isn’t something that has not happened before and if Ousmane Dembélé does decide to make the move to Munich, it certainly won’t be the last time we see that happening. There haven’t been any concrete links so far but Dembélé would be a brilliant addition to a relatively ageing Bayern Munich side. Carlo Ancelotti favoured playing Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery on the wings in a 4-3-3, two outstanding footballers but are well past 30 and closer than ever to their end of their careers at the top level. Douglas Costa is not in favour under Carlo Ancelotti and is expected to move on and Bayern have only Kingsley Coman apart from him.

Bayern will have to find replacements for the two stalwarts sooner rather than later and what better way than getting one of the best wingers in the Bundesliga in Dembélé? Coman can slot in the opposite wing with Dembélé creating havoc on the right side with a creative mastermind in Thiago Alcântara behind arguably the best No.9 in world football in Robert Lewandowski. It will be the stuff of dreams, wouldn’t it? Bayern have been linked with the likes of Alexis Sánchez and this shows they are in the market for a wide forward. Having played in the Bundesliga already and fellow countrymen in Kingsley Coman and new recruit Corentin Tolisso, he will not have many problems settling in. Will this deal happen? I guess we will have to just wait and see.

Recommendation: Juventus

If a dream move to Barcelona does not come off, why not move to another European supergiant in Juventus? Ousmane Dembélé might very well fancy a move to Turin and why not? The Serie A is a very different league to the Bundesliga and Dembélé will certainly benefit from a move to the Italian giants. He will learn a lot of different things from playing in that environment and he could move on to the next level in a tactical sense. Juventus have often switched between 3-4-3 and 4-2-3-1 and their tactical flexibility is largely due to the fact that they do not really have a top class winger in their ranks. Juan Cuadrado can do a role but Allegri has tended to favour Dani Alves to provide the width on the right flank with Mario Mandžukić doing a withdrawn role on the other flank, often drifting in from the left.

Ousmane Dembélé, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín could be a formidable forward line and Dembélé, in particular, could prove to be the missing link in their search for an elusive Champions League title. Juventus will have the financial clout to buy him since they have sold some of their players for big money and this summer, Alex Sandro has been linked with Chelsea in a £60million deal. These various departures could fund a deal for the mercurial Frenchman and playing alongside the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín could prove to be too tempting an offer to resist.

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