Italian football giants Juventus and Premier League team Manchester United have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of Barcelona winger OusmaneDembele following the news that the Frenchman could leave his club next summer after Joan Laporta admitted that contract talks are slower than required. Barcelona president Laporta met with the media on Thursday and he revealed that contract talks with Dembeleare slower than what he or other Barcelona board members want as revealed via Spanish media outlet Cope.

The contract update from Laporta on Dembele would be a welcomed development at clubs such as three-time European champions Manchester United, Italian football club Juventus and new Premier League moneybags Newcastle United who have all been linked with the Frenchman who has a little over six months on his existing Barcelona deal.

Reports in Spain claimed that Dembele is not keen on renewing his Barcelona contract and that he’s ready leave the club on a free transfer.

French World Cup winner Dembele could walk away from Barcelona for nothing despite the fact that the Catalan giants paid a then club-record fee of €135m to sign him from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. The winger was signed as the man to replace Brazilian superstar Neymar when French team Paris Saint Germain (PSG) paid the €222m release clause in his then Barcelona contract.

Premier League heavyweights Manchester United appear to be the team in pole position to sign Dembele as a free agent when his Barcelona deal expires next summer ahead of Italian football giants Juventus and other interested teams. Dembele has suffered a lot of injury problems during his time at the Nou Camp and his injuries are responsible for his limited appearances at Barcelona this season. The Frenchman has played three times for the Catalans this season in all competitions.

Manchester United had previously come close to signing Dembeleon loan last year with the obligation to buy him.

Italian football club Juventus are also said to be monitoring his situation at the Nou Camp. It must be stated that the player can sign a pre-transfer agreement on a free transfer move with clubs outside Spain as from the start of January 2022.