Dembele suspended by Dortmund

Dembele suspended by Dortmund

General manager Pep Segura claimed in the wake of those defeats that Barcelona were on the verge of capturing not only Dembele but also Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, another whom they have keenly pursued this summer.

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz has "no idea" where Ousmane Dembele will be at the end of the transfer window.

The Catalans have had an offer reportedly worth €100m rejected by Dortmund but are believed to still be eager to sign the 20-year-old as a replacement for Neymar, who left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222m deal.

"It is not that Ous is making fun of us, he simply declines to do his job. We'll have to talk about how to reintegrate him if [he stays]".

However, Barcelona won't likely give up on their pursuit as the recent Super Cup home and away losses to Real Madrid have further forced their hands.

'We met on a Thursday with Barca, and on Friday he didn't show up for training, ' Watkze explained.

"The timing of these events is very curious".

The Dortmund CEO replied: "The player has to make clear before the club and the team a mea culpa".

Speculation that a move to Barcelona was imminent soon mounted before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for EUR15m a year ago.

"We told him we'd allow him [to leave], but not after only a year. Then it is possible, of course [that Dembele has a future in Dortmund]".

In a similar vein to that of the chase to bring Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou, the chase to bring Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona also continues to generate column inches.

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