Man Utd battling Juventus to sign Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer next summer

Manchester United and Juventus are set to go head to head for the signature of Ousmane Dembele, who is out of contract next summer.

Dembele, who is currently injured, joined Barcelona for £135million from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

However, Dembele's time at the Blaugrana hasn't been plain sailing, and the Frenchman's time at the Catalan side has been plagued by injuries.

And as the 24-year-old enters the last year of his contract, Barcelona are yet to agree a new deal with him.

Leaving the door wide open for the Red Devils or the Old Lady to come and swoop in for his signature.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are reporting that several clubs are 'courting' Dembele, but United and Juve are the only two teams named in the report.

Dembele would be a significant acquisition for either side, and he was once touted as one of football's top prospects.

However, after a largely underwhelming stint at Barcelona, Dembele's star power has significantly faded over the past couple of years.

But at 24, the winger still has tons of potential that could be realised at Old Trafford.

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However, that potential hasn't gone unseen at Barcelona.

And Joan Laporta, is optimistic about Barca's chances of extending Dembele's stay at the Camp Nou.

Laporta, personally, spoke to Dembele to lay down the club's vision for his future, and to gauge the Frenchman's reaction to his ideas first-hand.

However, Laporta has a couple other contract renewals on his plate, and both Pedri and Ansu Fati have an option to extend, while Sergi Roberto is in a similar position to Dembele.

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Barcelona's miserable start to the season continued as Ronald Koeman's side lost to Atletico Madrid over the weekend.

However, Laporta confirmed that Koeman would stay on at the Camp Nou regardless of the result.

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