Man Utd ‘withdraw’ contract extension offer as Dembele edges closer to transfer

Manchester United are facing a crucial week on which the success of their season hangs.

Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash at Leeds is followed by the first leg of United's Europa League semi-final versus Roma, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeting a top-four finish and a European trophy this season.

But the Norwegian knows his side should be competing for the most prestigious silverware in England and on the continent.

Solskjaer also knows his side needs an injection of quality this summer to achieve their goals of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League titles.

The Red Devils could come calling for long-term attacking target Ousmane Dembele, as Barcelona are understood to have slashed their asking price for the French winger.

To free up funds for their off-season business, United are also preparing to offload first-team stars – and one senior figure has reportedly been left unhappy by his treatment.

Here is Sunday's Manchester United transfer round-up.

Barca cut Dembele price tag

Barcelona have drastically lowered their asking price for Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in Spain.

The French winger has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou for many seasons, with Manchester United often touted as a potential destination.

Once considered one of the finest prospects in Europe, Dembele will be available for between €50million (£44m) and €60million (£52m) this summer.

The 23-year-old – who has scored 10 goals this season – has one year remaining on his contract and Barcelona are loath to lose him for nothing in 2022.

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Grant extension withdrawn

Manchester United have withdrawn an offer they made to extend Lee Grant's contract, according to the the Daily Mail .

The report adds the veteran goalkeeper has been left hurt by this decision and he is now set to leave Old Trafford as a free agent this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously spoken highly of Grant's influence in the dressing room and the 38-year-old had been expected to pen a new deal prior to United's U-turn.

He has made two appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Stoke City in 2018.

Betis priced out of Bailly

Real Betis will not pursue a summer transfer for Eric Bailly as they would struggle to afford the Ivorian centre-back.

That's according to El Desmarque , with the Spanish outlet adamant that recent rumours claiming Bailly will move to the La Liga club are untrue.

Bailly has one year remaining on his contract with Manchester United and the club may look to sell him this summer rather than lose him for free next year.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given up hope of the 27-year-old penning a new deal and told reporters earlier this month: "I know there's been speculation. We're talking to him about his contract so I don't see any issues really."

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