Barcelona are finally on the brink of signing
Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane
Dembele, but it is going to cost them 10 times
as much as it would have if they had bought
him last summer.
Barca officials met with the German club
on Thursday in Monaco at the Champions
League draw and have confirmed to Catalan
media Mundo Deportivo that the meeting
went ‘very well’.
Dortmund officials appear to have echoed
those sentiments and spoken of an ‘agreement
in principle’ for £138million.
The sum includes add-ons payable
depending on Champions League
appearances and represents an astronomical
mark-up on last year’s price.
Barcelona watched Dembele when he was
at Rennes last summer but in the end balked
at a £12m asking price and he was signed by
Bundesliga side Dortmund.
In a summer full of disappointments
Barcelona are wary of last-minute problems
and have not made any deal public yet but they
are understood to be sufficiently confident to
be planning a weekend presentation.
Borussia Dortmund’s director general
Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director
Michael Zorc have made it clear they want the
deal closed before August 27.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu,
director Javier Bordas, director general Oscar
Grau and director of football Raul Sanllehi
are all in Monaco for the Champions League
draw and are desperate for constructive talks
with Liverpool too.
They are understood to be offering a similar
deal for Philippe Coutinho which would take
their post-Neymar spending to £314m, with
the £37m they spent on Paulinho factored in.

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