Barcelona have been handed an enormous increase to their season, after being knowledgeable that their €105m summer season signing Ousmane Dembélé is closing in on a return to full health – three weeks after struggling a hamstring damage.
As reported by Objective, the 20-year-old educated with the primary workforce forward of their Catalan derby towards Espanyol, however is not anticipated to be risked within the recreation as he’s nonetheless not 100% match match. The previous Borussia Dortmund prodigy suffered a extra severe hamstring season in the beginning of the season, which noticed him dominated out for 4 months earlier than making his return in January.
Dembélé is more likely to be launched slowly again into motion, as he hasn’t performed a full ninety minutes all season for Barça. The tenacious Frenchman might make his return towards Marcelino Toral’s high-flying Valencia, when the 2 sides face off within the Copa Del Rey semi-final subsequent Thursday.
Signed within the wake of Neymar’s world file transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Dembélé has endured a irritating begin to his profession with the Catalan giants. Making simply 5 appearances to date, Barça’s plan to combine the previous Rennes teen right into a dynamic attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez has stalled considerably.
In the meantime, the race to signal Barça winger Aleix Vidal is intensifying, with Atlético Madrid now taking an curiosity in signing the 28-year-old in the summertime switch window. Sevilla nearly signed the Spaniard on mortgage the top of the January window, however their unwillingness to pay a €12m future price noticed the deal fall on the last hurdle.
Vidal’s lack of first workforce appearances for his aspect have result in participant to change into disillusioned with life on the Camp Nou, and Dembélé’s return from damage will solely see him fall additional down Ernesto Valderde’s pecking order. With Roma and Napoli additionally within the race to signal the previous Alméria man can have a tricky resolution to make over his future on the finish of the season.