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Barcelona’s improved £119m bid for Ousmane Dembele rejected as Borussia Dortmund hold out for £138m

The Catalans are desperate to add some attacking reinforcements to the squad after selling Neymar to PSG for £198m

Borussia Dortmund have rejected Barcelona’s bid of £119million for their wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele.

The German club are believed to want at least £138m for the French international, according to Sky sources in Germany.

Ousmane Dembele is currently staying away from training at Dortmund as he chases a move to Barcelona

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Ousmane Dembele is currently staying away from training at Dortmund as he chases a move to Barcelona

Barcelona are desperate to replace Neymar following his world-record transfer to PSG

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Barcelona are desperate to replace Neymar following his world-record transfer to PSG

SunSport reported yesterday how Barcelona were “hours away from completing the mega deal”, but now it appears the German club are prepared to play hardball.

The La Liga club have already splashed £40m of the £198m earned from the sale of star man Neymar to PSG earlier this summer on former Tottenham flop Paulinho.

That piece of news has down like a damp squib with the Barca fans who have bought next to no shirts from the club shop with their new Brazilian player’s name on.

Dembele, 20, has been suspended indefinitely by Dortmund.

The striker went AWOL on the eve of the Bundesliga start as he tried to force through a move to the Nou Camp.

The club said: “Borussia Dortmund has decided to keep the suspension of the player Ousmane Dembele from the team training up until further notice.

Ousmane Dembele is on strike at Borussia Dortmund and is keen on moving to Barcelona

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Ousmane Dembele is on strike at Borussia Dortmund and is keen on moving to Barcelona

The Catalan club look like they have accpeted defeat in their bid to snare Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

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The Catalan club look like they have accpeted defeat in their bid to snare Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

“Our focus now is on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match in Wolfsburg this coming weekend.

“Ousmane Dembele, of course, has the opportunity to do an individual training off the track.”

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has a huge job on his hands to make his side true title contenders

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Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has a huge job on his hands to make his side true title contenders

Could Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele be the man to fill the void left by Neymar?

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Could Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele be the man to fill the void left by Neymar?