Manchester City may be having a quiet transfer window by their standards, but next summer could be a completely different story.
The Daily Mirror reports the Premier League champions are considering selling Raheem Sterling if the 23-year-old does not extend his current deal, which expires in 2020, by the end of the season.
A lot can happen between now and then, but a club as well run as Manchester City are already likely to have contingency plans in place in case they are forced into selling Sterling.
And if so, a name like Ousmane Dembele would be a good option to have on their list.
Dembele, who is valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, joined Barcelona for huge money last summer but has failed to nail down a regular spot in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI.
And now with the arrival of Malcom at the Nou Camp, Dembele could see even less minutes.
As a result, a departure from the La Liga champions could be possible and Manchester City should put themselves at the front of the queue for the Frenchman’s services should Sterling be sold.
Like Sterling and his Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane, Dembele is lightning quick and brilliant at fashioning out chances for others.
The France international provided 12 assists for Borussia Dortmund in the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign with many of those coming from a pull back into the box for a team-mate, which is how Manchester City themselves score a lot of their goals.
Ultimately, In Dembele, Pep Guardiola would be getting a suitable replacement for Sterling on all levels and a player who is perfect for his system.