CHELSEA are reportedly closing in on soon-to-be free agent Ousmane Dembele with the player's agent in advanced negotiations with the Premier League club.
The Frenchman joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a £126million transfer but injuries hampered his stay at the Nou Camp.
Dembele started to find his feet late on this season under Xavi, scoring two and registering 13 assists.
But despite Xavi and Barca previously being keen on extending Dembele's stay at the club, the two parties won't reach an agreement.
According to Cadena Ser, Barca will not present a new proposal to the player.
Dembele will be a free agent on June 30 and will continue his career away from the Nou Camp.
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The report goes on to state that the player's representatives are in advanced talks with Prem outfit Chelsea.
And Dembele playing at Stamford Bridge next season is looking like a real possibility.
It would see the electric winger link up with former boss Thomas Tuchel, who he says is his favourite boss.
Speaking to BeIN sports in 2021, Dembele said: "Thomas Tuchel really convinced me, he is my favourite manager."
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He continued: “With Thomas Tuchel I played a bit more on the right side at the beginning of the season, and then I was moved more centrally, in the 10 position, sometimes even in the midfield three you see.
"And he told me to stay a bit more central, have an espresso as he used to say to me, the ball will come to you and then you will go.
"It would have been hard to leave Dortmund if Tuchel had stayed."
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