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Arsenal have opened talks with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in Spain.
Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has sat down with representatives of the player to try and thrash out a deal.
Spanish outlet Sport claim Mislintat has stayed in contact with Dembele from the time they were together at Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old made just 12 starts in La Liga for Barcelona this season following a blockbuster £97m transfer from Dortmund last summer.
Dembele has struggled for game time following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Liverpool are beating Arsenal in the race to sign Monaco ace Thomas Lemar, according to the bookies.
BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion explained: “Monaco star Thomas Lemar has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young talents and the Frenchman is expected to be in high demand following this summer’s World Cup.
“Liverpool were within touching distance of completing a move for the 22-year-old back in January and the Reds are the outright favourites at 6/4 to get their hands on the Monaco star this time around.
“Arsenal are next in the running at 4/1 to finalise a deal for the highly-rated youngster who they were supposedly touting in January as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.
“Both Manchester clubs are long shots at 12/1 to clinch the attacker’s signature, while La Liga winners Barcelona trail behind at 14/1 to entice Lemar to the Nou Camp this summer.”
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