Arsenal has reportedly launched a follow up for their summer target, Ousmane Dembele.
Dembele was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after the north London club reportedly lodged a £90million bid for the youngster.
While Dembele remained at the Nou Camp, his behavioural problems have become an issue for Barca’s hierarchy who are rapidly running out of patience.
The France international regularly turns up late for training and the club fear he has developed a gaming addiction.
It’s understood Barcelona are now open to selling Dembele and the Gunners are closely monitoring the situation ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Sport, the Gunners have once again asked about the youngster over his potential availability.
Unai Emery lost Danny Welbeck to a serious ankle injury earlier this month and the Spaniard is keen to bring a replacement to the Emirates this winter.
Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, laughed off rumours that Dembele had been dropped for Barcelona’s clash with Real Betis for breaching team rules.
“All these criticisms make me laugh. It had already begun with a so-called delay at the meeting before the Champions League match against Inter,” he told RMC Sport.
“I am surprised very serious newspapers can report this information because Ousmane didn’t arrive late. His coach has confirmed the fact he was not in the starting XI was not due to a delay.
“It is true that Ousmane was sick [before Betis]. He had not slept all night, he was very tired. He missed the morning training and what the club has blamed us for is that he did not provide notification so a doctor can come to assess him.
“He did that late. But he was sick, the club confirmed he had a (gastrointestinal illness), he missed training because of that. I’m surprised we can make controversy when he is sick.
“Ousmane continues to work. He is in a big club, he is in the national team and Didier Deschamps continues to call him. He is very much demanding of the players’ behavior and their performances, so if Ousmane is today in the French team, he deserves it.
“I also had Eric Abidal [Barcelona sporting director] on the phone and he is very happy with Ousmane, he told me he was training very well. He does not question him at all right now.”