Barcelona Sign Dembele From Dortmund
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele for a fee that could rise to 147m euros (£135.5m), making him the world’s second most expensive player.
Dembele, 20, moves from Borussia Dortmund, where he has been suspended since he boycotted training on August 10 in protest after the German club rejected Barca’s first bid.
The add-ons amount to a maximum of €42 million according to Dortmund, which would make it the second biggest transfer in history after Neymar’s move From Barca to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
“FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ousmane Dembele for €105 million plus add-ons,” Barca said in a statement.
“The player will sign a five-year contract and his buy-out clause is set at €400 million.”
The winger, capped seven times by France, will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday and undergo a medical on Monday.
Barca were in desperate need for reinforcements since being caught cold by Neymar’s decision to join PSG for a world record €222 million.
Dembele, who cost Dortmund just €15 million from Rennes last year, has paid the price for the ongoing saga over his future, with France coach Didier Deschamps opting to omit him from the national squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg on Thursday.