Chelsea are 'favourites to sign Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele' in what would be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era - as boss Thomas Tuchel 'eyes a reunion' with his former Borussia Dortmund forward
- Chelsea are 'favourites to sign' Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele this summer
- Dembele, 25, is set to leave Barcelona upon the expiry of his contract in July
- The forward would become the first singing of the new Todd Boehly era at Blues
The Blues are said to be closing in on a deal to make the forward the first signing of the new Todd Boehly era, with Dembele available on a free transfer.
Dembele has previously worked under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who brought him to Borussia Dortmund back in 2016, and the two could now be reunited at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are reportedly the favourites to sign out of contract Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele
The Blues are 'closing in on a deal' to make Dembele the first signing of the Todd Boehly era
The 25-year-old produced a return of 10 goals and 21 assists in his debut campaign at Signal Iduna Park before securing a £126million switch to Barcelona the following year.
His fortunes have plummeted since heading to the Nou Camp, with injury problems and disciplinary issues off the field stifling his progress.
Chelsea seems to be his most likely destination with a reunion with Tuchel on the cards, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
Thomas Tuchel (left) has previously worked with Dembele, signing him at Dortmund in 2016
Crook told talkSPORT: 'This one has really taken off overnight.
'Chelsea look like they are favourites to sign Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer.
'He's been letting his contract run down at Barcelona and he would be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era.
'How do you think that would go down with Chelsea fans?'
Dembele has been letting his contract run down in order to leave LaLiga giants Barcelona
Host Sam Matterface replied: 'Well, they need firepower, don't they? Someone who actually scores goals.
'I haven't looked at his statistics of what he's registered over the last few years, but that is the priority area for Chelsea, putting the ball in the net.
'They tried to solve it with Romelu Lukaku, they've relied on Kai Havertz as a No 9 over the course of the season but they just haven't got enough goals, have they?
'It's been a problem for them.'
Boss Tuchel praised Dembele during their time together at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea have struggled to score goals this season and Dembele could be the answer to their problems with Tuchel previously praising the forward.
'Of course, we love his dribbling, we love his bravery, we love his pace, his control on the ball, we know a lot of the facets of his game from the training,' Tuchel said during his spell in charge at Dortmund.
'Ousmane is a player who brilliantly combines dribbling, passing and making space to a very high level. That's extraordinary.'
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