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Barcelona transfer news: Ousmane Dembele agrees terms but Dortmund are holding out for £80million

Camp Nou chiefs are confident of completing a switch for France sensation 12 months after their failed bid

Barcelona have agreed personal terms with long-term target Ousmane Dembele.

Camp Nou chiefs tried to sign the French sensation before he joined Dortmund last season – encouraged by guarantees on playing time.

Ousmane Dembele has scored 10 goals in 49 appearances this season

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Ousmane Dembele has scored 10 goals in 49 appearances this season

And Spanish paper Sport claims Barca have launched a huge £61.6million offer for Dembele, who cost just £10.5m 12 months ago.

Their bid would see the Bundesliga outfit receive £44m up front with the rest to be paid in add-ons.

The rapid winger – on Barcelona’s radar since playing for the French Under-15s – has reportedly agreed a five-year deal.

Technical secretary Robert Fernandez went to France to try and convince him to join from Rennes before his move to Germany.

Dembele hit the front pages in Spain as Barcelona up their pursuit

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Dembele hit the front pages in Spain as Barcelona up their pursuit

Dembele scored the winner for France in their friendly against England

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Dembele scored the winner for France in their friendly against England

And his failure will cost Barca a huge amount, with Dortmund holding out for £80m – an incredible 800 per cent mark-up.

Dembele is a close friend of international team-mate Samuel Umtiti – who left Lyon for Barca in 2016 – after coming through the youth ranks together.

New boss Ernesto Valverde has already plotted how to fit Dembele, 20, into his system.

Dembele celebrates his strike against England with Kylian Mbappe

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Dembele celebrates his strike against England with Kylian Mbappe

Gerard Deulofeu scores a penalty for Spain Under-21s against Macedonia

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Gerard Deulofeu scores a penalty for Spain Under-21s against Macedonia

Ernesto Valverde took over the Barca hot seat from Luis Enrique

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Ernesto Valverde took over the Barca hot seat from Luis Enrique

Sport believe Lionel Messi will operate behind Luis Suarez and Neymar with Jordi Alba and the potential new arrival offering pace and guile down the flanks.

Another option is Gerard Deulofeu, who recently completed his return from Everton.

Ousmane Dembele fact file

  • Dembele was born in Vernon, Normandy on May 15 1997.
  • He played youth football for Evreux and Rennes until 2015 when he was promoted to the reserves.
  • Dembele scored 12 league goals for Rennes’ first team to earn a move to Dortmund after just one season.
  • The Bundesliga outfit beat Barcelona to the signing by promising the talent game time and gave him 49 appearances in all competitions.
  • Dembele made his France debut in 2016 and has gone on to win seven caps.
  • He scored his first international goal in the 3-2 win over England in June 2017.

But Barcelona – who are reeling from missing out on the La Liga title and a humiliating European exit – are desperate to make an impression in the market.

Their mantra is to secure the best talents in world football even if they have to pay over the odds which could see Dortmund receive their valuation.