Dortmund and Barça agree €150m deal for Dembélé

The reported asking price of £138m for Ousmane Dembélé may have been a hoax, as Barcelona are expected to strike a deal for the left winger for a ‘reduced’ asking price, though addons could raise said price.

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It has been quite a story. After failing to sign Coutinho and Di Maria, Barcelona’s last hope seemed to be the signing Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé, as the Jean-Michaël Seri transfer story came to an end when Nice increased their asking price to €50m. However, with now only one player to focus on, things are looking like a deal could finally be struckAccording to BeINSport, both clubs have agreed a €120m fee (with €30m in add-ons and bonuses) for the transfer of the French international, who has not been called up by Didier Deschamps for the upcoming clash against the Netherlands, match that could determine whether France will go to the World Cup or not.

Ousmane Dembélé, 20, has recently caused some controversy through his actions in Dortmund, as he voluntarily missed training for the past couple of days in order to put some pressure on the Dortmund administration’s shoulders. His behaviour has caused Deschamps to put him aside for the Netherlands clash, as well as Dortmund to refuse to put him in the starting lineup for the opening Bundesliga fixture against Wolfsburg. Dortmund did look like they were selling Stade Rennais’ former winger, though their asking price kept increasing as the transfer window deadline approached. Could Barcelona finally be able to strike a deal for Neymar’s long-awaited replacement?

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