Watzke sets deadline for Barcelona's Dembele deal

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2017

The La Liga giants have seen bids for both players rejected in the last week but Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid has served as a wake-up call for the Barcelona board.

Barca on Thursday completed the signing of Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande Taboao, while Dembele and Coutinho have been identified as targets following Neymar's world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona's other reported target, Dembele, has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after the 20-year-old France global skipped training amid speculation of a possible move to Spain.

Liverpool's owners, meanwhile, released a statement on Friday insisting they will not consider any offers for Coutinho, an announcement that was swiftly followed by reports the Brazil worldwide had submitted a transfer request.

Since the departure of Brazilian star Neymar, Barcelona have been under pressure to replace him, and fresh report stated that Dembele has also accepted to join the Spanish team.

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Mundo Deportivo also report on Coutinho on Tuesday.

Dortmund have turned down an offer from Barcelona for the French forward, before suspending the 20-year-old indefinitely after he missed training without permission.

"He deliberately chose Borussia Dortmund, because he has also credibly declared that he was not yet ready to play at one of the absolute top clubs", said Reschke.

Sport add the deal for Dembele is more complicated than the proposed move for Coutinho, but suggest the club want to push through both deals despite the eye-watering fees.

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