French outfit Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly overtaken English sides in the race to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.

The Capital club came from nowhere and are now in pole position to secure the signing of the Frenchman from the Catalan club.

This became the talk of the town after journalist Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato reported on Sunday evening that the French giants have reached a verbal agreement with Dembele over a possible switch.

The former Rennes winger refused to sign a contract extension with Barcelona who are now looking to push him out before the winter market closes in order to at least make profit off his transfer fee rather than lose him for free.

A protracted contract saga in Catalonia has seen Dembele on the cliff edge with Barca asking the World Cup winner to leave and Les Parisiens are on the sidelines waiting with open arms to welcome him back to France.

Furthermore, PSG director Leonardo has forged ahead as he has held talks with the former Dortmund winger and has now reached a verbal agreement with the 24-year-old.

In the meantime, another reliable journalist in Gerard Romero has indicated that Argentine striker Mauro Icardi could be included in a swap deal which will see Dembele move the other way.

Some unnamed Premier League sides were leading the race to secure his signature but the Paris-based club have now well overtaken them both and are inching closer to completing the deal.

Although PSG want the player immediately, if an agreement is not struck in terms of transfer fee, they might choose to wait until summer when Demebele becomes a free agent under the Bosman ruling.

Dembele joined Barcelona bin the summer of 2017 from Borrusia Dortmund for €105million and €40million add-ons but an injury-stricken spell at the catalan club would only see him play a part 129 games of which he netted 31 times and provided 23 assists.