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WATCH: Missing Dembele suspended as Barcelona's 'unacceptable' bid rejected by Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga club say 20-year-old winger to Camp Nou 'not very likely' and punish him for missing training.

Ousmane Dembele, centre, of Borussia Dortmund has expressed interest in playing at Barcelona. Leon Kuegeler / EPA
Ousmane Dembele, centre, of Borussia Dortmund has expressed interest in playing at Barcelona. Leon Kuegeler / EPA

Borussia Dortmund on Thursday said they had rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, as the want-away forward was suspended for missing training.

Dortmund have rejected what they called an "unacceptable" offer from Barcelona for the 20-year-old winger, the Bundesliga club also said.

Dortmund said a move to the Camp Nou was "not very likely" after they turned down an offer that did not reflect Dembele's "extraordinary" value or the current state of the transfer market.

 

 

"As there is no other offer on the table, a transfer by the player to FC Barcelona is not at this time expected nor currently very likely," a club statement said.

The announcement came after Dembele skipped a Dortmund training session on Thursday, sending the rumour mill into overdrive.

German tabloid Bild has reported that Dortmund want an eye-watering €150 million (Dh647.6m) for their rising star, a price Barca appears unwilling to pay.

 

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Dembele, who has made no secret of his desire to play for Barcelona, may have been trying to break the deadlock with his no-show, Bild suggested.

"Dembele really wants to go to Barcelona but yesterday he had to swallow the fact that the two clubs could not agree on a transfer fee," it wrote.

Barca are scrambling to find a replacement for Brazilian sensation Neymar, who last week left for Paris-Saint Germain for a record-breaking transfer fee of €222m.

The Catalan giants have also approached Liverpool about signing Philippe Coutinho though there too there has been no sign of a deal.

The Spanish club are reported to have increased their bid for Coutinho to £90m (Dh429.1m) this week after two previous offers were rejected by the Premier League side.