Ousmane Dembele refused to sign for Manchester United on transfer deadline day because he wants to continue his career at Juventus, reports in the Spanish media say.
The Barcelona attacker was tracked by the Red Devils this transfer market and considered as a top alternative to landing Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho.
When it became clear they wouldn’t sign Sancho, United chiefs attempted to force through a loan deal for Ousmane.
He has struggled to reproduce his best form since a £117m move from Dortmund to the Camp Nou outfit.
Ronald Koeman wanted to offload the player in order to make space for Ligue 1 side Lyon star Memphis Depay – who used to represent United.
Barcelona’s management were happy to Ousmane to leave this summer as long as he signed a new deal until June 2023.
The club were determined to protect themselves from risking losing the star on the cheap as his contract would only have 12 months remaining once he remained on loan.
He was uninterested in putting pen to paper on any such contract, but he was also firm in his stance to transfer to Old Trafford.
And according to Catalunya Radio, his desire to join the Old lady was a major factor in his decision to turn down the Red Devils.
He is already in talks with Bianconeri over a move to Serie A next summer, while he could also run down his deal and leave on a free transfer in 2022.