Manchester United may have boosted their Premier League hopes by securing four transfer deadline-day signings but perhaps their biggest deal slipped away.
But the transfer sensationally fell through when the 23-year-old winger refused to pen a contract extension with the Catalan club.
After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side missed out on signing Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, the Red Devils lined up a big money loan move for Dembele, agreeing to pay his wages and a substantial fee.
Before the deal went through, Barca wanted Dembele to ink a contract extension until 2023 to increase their leverage if the Frenchman raised his value with a stand-out Premier League campaign.
Dembele, who who has two years left on his contract, declined and both his Man United loan deal and Depay's move fell through, leaving Barcelona chiefs 'furious', according for Spanish media outlet AS.