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Manchester City 'leading race for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele'

Man City 'leading race for Ousmane Dembele'
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Manchester City emerge as favourites to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou this season.

Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.

Dembele's future at Camp Nou has been under question so far this season, having been in and out of the team under manager Ernesto Valverde.

The 21-year-old missed a large chunk of his debut campaign through injury before struggling for form this term, while the club's hierarchy are also understood to have been unimpressed with his lack of professionalism.

Bookmakers have now made Man City favourites to offer Dembele an escape route from the Spanish champions, although any deal is unlikely to happen during the current transfer window.

City boss Pep Guardiola has played down the chance of his side bolstering their squad this month, despite currently sitting seven points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Dembele is expected to remain with Barcelona this month, but should City not retain their title this season then they could revive their interest in the France international at the end of the campaign.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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