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Ousmane Dembele has decided he will reject any approach from Arsenal and wants to remain at Barcelona for another season, according to reports in Spain. The France international endured a difficult first season at Camp Nou after he was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £135.5 million last summer. Dembele has been subsequently linked with a move away and was reportedly concerned with Barcelona’s decision to sign Brazilian winger Malcom at the end of last month. On Tuesday, reports claimed that Arsenal are preparing an £89m offer to sign Dembele before Thursday’s transfer deadline. The deal comprised of an initial £8.9m loan fee with a compulsory £80m option to make the deal permanent next summer.
But according to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele has held talks with Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and has said that he wants to stay at Camp Nou for another season. Dembele also fuelled speculation over a potential move to the Gunners after he had dinner with several Arsenal players last week, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly keen for the club to recruit a new winger before the end of the transfer window, but the Gunners must offload several fringe players to accommodate any further arrivals.