Barcelona have been given a two week
deadline to sign Borussia Dortmund star
Ousmane Dembele.
The striker has been earmarked as a replacement
for Neymar but Ernesto Valverde’s side are yet to
agree on a deal.
Dortmund are keen to ensure the saga does
not rumble on, with Dembele being indefinitely
excluded from training and chief executive Hans
Joachim Watzke giving Barca a strict time limit.
Dortmund claim to have already rejected a
£90million offer for the promising 20-year-old.
The German club know Barcelona are under
pressure to stump up a hefty fee and reinvest
some of the £198m received for Neymar from
PSG.
Equally, Peter Bosz’s side will not want to keep
Dembele around if he is affecting the morale of
the squad.
Barcelona are also looking to sign Philippe
Coutinho from Liverpool but with the Reds
refusing to sell, the Catalan side are facing a
struggle to replace Neymar without radically
overspending before deadline day.
The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish
Super Cup first leg has only heightened the
pressure on the Barcelona hierarchy and the clock
is now ticking for Valverde’s side to conclude
their business.

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