Barcelona offer Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea

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Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Belgian forward Eden Hazard by offering Chelsea the chance to sign Ousmane Dembele.

Hazard hinted after last week’s World Cup win against England that he wants to quit Stamford Bridge this summer following six years at the club.

Real Madrid, his long-term suitors, need new attacking talents after flogging Cristiano Ronaldo and are expected to lead the chase.

Barcelona’s attacking line-up looked settled with Lionel Messi supported by Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Dembele.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, it is Barca who have taken the first step towards signing Hazard as they look to shake up their forward line.

Dembele, who struggled with injuries in his first campaign at Camp Nou, is being used as a makeweight in a player-plus-cash deal.

New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wants face-to-face talks with Hazard in a bid to convince him to stay in West London.

The Italian said: “Clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager wants to do, what any club wants to do.

“But we will have to see how the market goes over the next few days. I feel much more a pitch manager than a general manager.

“I think I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. I don’t want to talk about it and not that interested in it.

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