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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

WATCH: Dembele's Barcelona presentation marred by jeers at club president Bartomeu

Second-most expensive player targets titles after move to Catalan club from Borussia Dortmund.

Ousmane Dembele became the second most expensive player after completing a €105m deal that could rise to €147m with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund. Albert Gea / Reuters
Ousmane Dembele became the second most expensive player after completing a €105m deal that could rise to €147m with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund. Albert Gea / Reuters

French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele's presentation as Barcelona's newest star was overshadowed by the tense atmosphere surrounding the Catalan club as fans jeered and called for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.

Dembele, 20, became the second-most expensive player ever after completing a €105 million (Dh460m) deal that could rise to €147m with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

However, Barca's planned programme for a blockbuster presentation was delayed for nearly two hours due to a paperwork issue in releasing his registration from Dortmund.

The patience of 18,000 fans at the Camp Nou was tested with whistles during the delay and chants of "Bartomeu resign".

Barca's board has been under huge pressure due to the club's fading fortunes on the field and the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222m this month.

The attendance was also well down on the 50,000 fans that welcomed Neymar on his presentation four years ago.

Following Barca's recent 5-1 aggregate thrashing by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, the hashtag "bartomeudimiteya" (Bartomeu resign now) became a trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

Dembele finally emerged in Barca's famous red and blue strip, sporting the No 11 jersey vacated by Neymar.

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"I am very happy to be a part of this club," Dembele said. "It is the best club in the world with the best players in the world."

Dembele will form a forward line alongside five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as Barca aim to wrestle the Uefa Champions League and the Primera Liga titles back from rivals Madrid.

"I hope we'll have a great season and win all the titles with Barca," Dembele added. "I hope to integrate myself well into the team, to get on well with everyone and the fans here in this beautiful stadium."

Dembele will have to wait until nearly two weeks to make his debut due to the upcoming international break before Barca host Espanyol in a Catalan derby on September 9.