Pep Guardiola set to land Barcelona a pleasant shock

Pep Guardiola is hoping to hand his former employers a pleasant surprise which will be welcomed by all those who are associated with Barcelona.

Barcelona were expected to have a productive deadline day on Monday but they did not end up fulfilling their transfer needs. The club’s failure in landing Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay could have severe ramifications on the squad under Ronald Koeman, which has anyway been trimmed following a handful of departures.

Koeman was told that he must sell some players prior to recruitments and so he did, showing the door to Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez amongst others in the last couple of weeks. However, the Dutchman has not gotten the players he needed simply because the club failed to sell Ousmane Dembele at the end of the transfer window.

El Desmarque has now claimed that Pep Guardiola is exploring the possibility of landing the France international at the Etihad Stadium. The former Barca and Bayern Munich head coach had to part ways with his lethal winger, Leroy Sane, and his side’s recent start to the Premier League season suggests that he may be missing the German’s firepower.

Manchester City believe that they can lure Dembele to the north of England given how successful they have been lately. Moreover, for a club of their financial backing, landing him should definitely not be an issue. Guardiola also feels that the 23-year-old’s fortunes could change in England keeping in mind the vast potential he possesses.

Guardiola will certainly be able to finetune a player like Dembele but whether he does or not is not Barca’s concern at this point in time. If the Citizens’ interest is genuine, the Blaugrana would hope that a deal is closed out in January because one of their most expensive signings ever does not seem to have a place in the squad.

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Do you think the Catalans can strike a deal for Dembele and subsequently sign their desired targets in the winter?