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Barcelona’s controversial transfer stance could shape Arsenal’s plans in January

Ronald Koeman has been quick to stamp his authority in Barcelona and the ripples of his desire to reshape and remould the Blaugrana squad in his own image could be felt in north London.

As has been well-documented, Barca were determined to sell Ousmane Dembele towards the end of the summer window to enable a move for Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were all mentioned as potential destinations for the France international, with Old Trafford the most likely, however the 23-year-old dug his heels in and remains in Catalonia.

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According to AS that has angered the club hierarchy who have even emphasised to Dembele that he is seventh choice and his chance of minutes over the next three minutes will be minimal.

It’s hard to see a way back for the forward between now and January with a repetition of events likely to take place and every chance that Arsenal may consider Dembele as an option; depending perhaps on the futures of Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette.

However, while kicking his heels on the sidelines at Barcelona is bound to frustrate the Frenchman, in a season with the European Championships at the end of it, it’s more concerning for another of his countrymen in Catalonia.

Whereas Dembele hasn’t played for France since 2018 and with a stacked field in the final third, unless his delivers a career-best season that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, Samuel Umtiti was a regular member of Didier Deschamps’ squad until a series of devastating injuries.

Umtiti has made just 16 appearances since the start of the 2019/20 season due to knee and calf issues and has fallen down the pecking order for both club and country.

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