Ever since Neymar officially joined Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona has been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé. We already know that they’ve submitted a bid, and had that rejected.
It was reported by Bild earlier in the week that delegates of Barcelona flew to Dortmund to commence transfer talks, of which has seen failed. It had thought the Frenchman may have been available for around €100m, however, Dortmund have now changed their stance.
On Thursday, reports circulated that Dembélé had gone AWOL from training, which turned out to be true. In the afternoon, Dortmund released a statement announcing that they had indeed rejected Barcelona’s approach.
“During the meeting, the preventatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not correspond to the player’s extraordinary footballing and other abilities nor to the present economic market situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.”
As BVB are listed on the stock exchange, they must report the transfer activity.
L’Equipe reporters stated that Barcelona had offered €90m up front and €40m in bonuses for the 20-year-old, whilst it’s known that Dortmund want more money up front.
As a result of Dembélé’s actions, sporting director Michael Zorc has since stated that they’ve suspended the Frenchman until next week, whilst also fining him. At the moment, we’re expecting Barcelona to go in with an improved offer.