BARCELONA reportedly refused to inform Ousmane Dembele of Arsenal’s attempts to recruit him on transfer deadline day.
Unai Emery and co. missed out on luring the World Cup winner to the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Manchester City (4pm).
But despite reports to the contrary from respected journalists, RAC1 say Arsenal made a serious offer to sign Dembele.
The Gunners reportedly offered £9m to take the winger on loan for the upcoming season.
It would have set Arsenal back another £80m to make the deal permanent a year down the line.
But Barcelona were convinced that Dembele would have no interest in the move so decided to not even inform the player.
While the transfer window is closed for Premier League sides, it remains open until August 31 for European teams.
And French giants Paris St-Germain are looking to take advantage by tabling their own huge bid for Dembele.
The Ligue 1 champions are yet to make an official approach for the 21-year-old but are starting to make enquiries over a potential deal.
But with his release clause set at a whopping £360m PSG may have to break their own £200m world record transfer fee spent on signing Neymar.
According to Sport, the Parisian outfit are hoping to reunite Dembele with Kylian Mbappe who took the World Cup by storm in Russia this summer.
Having joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for £100m last summer, he failed to set Nou Camp alight in his debut season.
Just days after making his La Liga bow, Dembele was ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury, before scoring four times in 23 appearances.