Dembele is the key to Barcelona's chances of signing Neymar
It's no secret that Neymar is on the market this summer and Paris Saint-Germain have made it clear that the Brazilian is available to anyone who can come up with an attractive enough offer, one which could be possible thanks to Bayern Munich and Ousmane Dembele.
The ball is in Barcelona's court, but it's a move that is difficult on a financial level due to the fact that PSG spent over 220 million euros on Neymar just two years ago.
Recent days have seen a number of offers reported, with players like Philippe Coutinho, Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti reportedly offered as makeweights.
In truth, there has been no concrete offer from Barcelona, but they're trying to find a solution that appeals to the Parisians and it seems as though Dembele is the key that can unlock the whole operation, and this is where Bayern Munich come into play.
A lot has been said of Dembele featuring as a bargaining tool in exchange for the Brazilian, but this isn't feasible.
PSG aren't interested in the forward and he doesn't have the best relationship with Tuchel.
But Bayern could open a door as they need a wide forward for next season and, while Leroy Sane was their priority, negotiations for the German have stalled and he is set to stay put in Manchester.
The Bavarian club have acknowledged that Dembele is one of the players they're considering, but nothing has happened yet as the Catalans had declared him as untouchable.
That declaration came in a meeting with the player's agent earlier this summer, but circumstances have changed and, with Neymar on offer, they're willing to bend their stance to re-sign their former forward.
Coutinho and Malcom are others who could be moved on and there's no doubting that Barcelona are happy to sell either for a reasonable fee.
As things stand, though, there's nothing in progress other than smaller operations for Rafinha or Marc Cucurella.
While a number of players have been linked with exits, Dembele's future is where the attention is focused as he holds the keys to Neymar's future.