Borussia Dortmund will sanction the sale Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, providing their asking price is met.
Dembele is one of Barcelona’s top targets this summer as they look to replace Neymar, who joined Paris Saint Germain in a world record £198m deal just a few weeks ago.
The Frenchman only moved to the Bundesliga club last summer, but put in a fantastic debut campaign, scoring six goals and providing 12 assists.
Dortmund have suspended Dembele indefinitely after he failed to turn up for training, and are desperate to keep hold of him. However, according to club director Michel Zorc, they are willing to sell:
“We know where he is and have contact with him and his agent through a staff member,”
“We have a clear idea [concerning the fee] which Barcelona and the player know. If our demand is fulfilled, he will be transferred this summer.
“We will not make this transfer on the 30th or 31st of August.”
It is thought that Borussia Dortmund are looking to secure a fee of around €150m for Dembele.
The news also has implications on Liverpool, who are also battling to keep hold of their most prized asset, Philippe Coutinho. The Reds have rejected a bid of £118m for the Brazilian who has handed in a transfer request. However recent reports have suggested that a deal to take Coutinho to the Nou Camp is close.
Whether Barcelona will sanction the move for both Dembele and Coutinho is yet to be seen. However with Dortmund going public in their willingness to sell Dembele, it could provide a boost in Liverpool’s hopes of keeping Coutinho.