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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Dortmund set Barcelona 'deadline' after denying deal for Dembele

French winger emerged as a key transfer target for Barca following the departure of Neymar to PSG.

Ousmane Dembele is currently suspended by Borussia Dortmund following his refusal to train after Barcelona's first rejected transfer bid. Bernd Thissen / AP Photo
Ousmane Dembele is currently suspended by Borussia Dortmund following his refusal to train after Barcelona's first rejected transfer bid. Bernd Thissen / AP Photo

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have denied reports a deal has been agreed for the transfer of French winger Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.

Reports in the German media claimed on Thursday that Barcelona had agreed a fee for Dembele, thought to be worth €120 million (Dh520m), or up to €150m depending on performance bonuses.

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It would make Dembele, 20, the second-most expensive footballer in history following Brazilian forward Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

However, Dortmund said on Friday that no decision had yet been made to transfer Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.

"We have set Barcelona a deadline, and either something will happen or it won't," a spokesman for Dortmund said.

Barca have had two previous bids rejected by Dortmund for Dembele, the first of which - reported to be worth €100m - resulted in the France international refusing to train with the Bundesliga side, who subsequently suspended the player.

Barcelona also retain a strong interest in Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, although the Premier League club have so far resisted a series of bids from the Catalans, the latest reported to be worth in the region on €140m.

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