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Borussia Dortmund Suspend Ousmane Dembele Indefinitely as Barcelona Move Looms

13 August, 2017, 15:55 | Author: Joan Malone
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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 €15m past year.

Borussia Dortmund have announced that they have suspended Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele until further notice.

As things stand, the 20-year-old is not under consideration for selection as coach Peter Bosz prepares for the Bundesliga opener away to Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The France worldwide was one of Dortmund's best players last season as they finished third in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals and contributing a further 12 assists in 32 league appearances.

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Bosz, chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc held a meeting on Saturday night and they have now made a decision to extend Dembele's suspension "until further notice" and he will have to train on his own.

Dortmund rejected a €100m (£90m) offer from Barcelona for Dembele in midweek and he was fined and suspended for missing training until after Saturday's German Cup game for the defending champions against Rielasingen. "Ousmane has the option to train individually apart from the group".

With Neymar recently leaving Barcelona to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £200m, the Catalan giants are in the market for a replacement and have identified former Rennes winger Dembele as a potential signing.

The German club say that Dembele moving to Barca is "not now likely".

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