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Messi, Oshoala, Dembele Model Barcelona’s Third Kit Ahead Of New Season
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Messi, Oshoala, Dembele Model Barcelona’s Third Kit Ahead Of New Season

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala was once again one of the stars that modelled Barcelona’s new third kit for the 2020/2021 football season. Oshoala was selected alongside stars like Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati and Frenkie De Jong who unveiled the pink kit. The Catalan giants have now completed their 2020/21 kit collection with Monday’s release. An official statement released by Barcelona reads:”FC Barcelona’s 2020/21 third kit is driven by the vibrant colours of the city and its famous beach. “The combination of pink and sea green conjures imagery of a Catalan sunrise, while both colours will evoke memories of much-loved past Barca kits.”
Arsenal pursuing Lyon striker Dembele for 5 years
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Arsenal pursuing Lyon striker Dembele for 5 years

Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele this summer. The Daily Record says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to put his own stamp on proceedings at the Emirates and could be forced into the market due to a double striker sweat. Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Inter Milan. But the Gunners' attraction in Dembele isn't new, in fact, they have maintained an interest in him since 2015 and were reportedly ready to rival Spurs six months before his Parkhead switch. They were strongly linked in the summer of 2017 and now appear keen with the potential of reuniting Dembele with his former Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney. And that could also have a knock-on effect for ...
Latest LaLiga Result for Real Madrid vs Barcelona
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Latest LaLiga Result for Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Real Madrid host Barcelona for the second time in four days on Saturday night. Santiago Solari’s men were humiliated 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg. However, another defeat to their fierce rivals, could see their chances of winning the LaLiga fizzle away. Barca go into the game top of the table with 57 points, ahead of third-placed Madrid. Kick off is 8.45pm West African time. Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilón, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Vinicius, Benzema Barcelona XI vs. Real Madrid: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Luis Suárez, Dembélé. Saturday, March 2 20:45 Real Madrid vs Ba...
Juventus, Borussia Dortmund Eyeing Fulham Youngster Matt O’Riley
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Juventus, Borussia Dortmund Eyeing Fulham Youngster Matt O’Riley

Fulham face a battle to keep hold of youngster Matt O'Riley. The London Evening Standard says Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are among the leading contenders for O'Riley, who was tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United before signing professional terms with Fulham in November last year. Shakhtar Donetsk and Valencia are also keen on the playmaker, who can play both in an advanced role and as a deep-lying playmaker. The 17-year-old, who has a contract to 2020, is considered one of the brightest products in a Fulham academy that has made a habit of producing top prospects both for the Cottagers and elsewhere, with Ryan Sessegnon and Moussa Dembele among those who have gone on to big things. O'Riley made his senior debut at the age of just 16 and has continued on an impressiv...
Dembele May Be Leaving Barcelona In January
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Dembele May Be Leaving Barcelona In January

The France international has alienated team-mates with his behaviour and this could mean his exit from the Spanish football club.   Ousmane Dembele Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele appears set to leave the club in January if an offer arrives, according to Don Balon. Dembele has turned his team-mates off with his attitude since joining the Blaugrana last summer, arriving late to trainings and showing disdain for fellow Barca players. Even with Lionel Messi out, the France international failed to get off the bench in Wednesday's win over Inter, a demonstration of where he currently stands at Camp Nou. Manchester United may have tied Luke Shaw to a new contract, but the Manchester Evening News claims they remain in the market for a left-back. The Red Devils want compe...
Fan Slumps, Dies After Chelsea’s Defeat To Barcelona
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Fan Slumps, Dies After Chelsea’s Defeat To Barcelona

A young man identified as Emmanuel Offin, has reportedly passed away following his club, Chelsea’s champions league defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday. The incident was said to have happened yesterday in the Kumasi suburb of Asuoyeboah, Ghana. Offin who is a staunch supporter of Chelsea collapsed and died while on his way home after watching Barcelona wallop Chelsea 3-0. Otecnews’ Reporter, Rhoda Dankwa who visited the family house of  the late Nana Yaw at Asuoyeboah on Thursday, March 15, 2018 reported that the body has been deposited at Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Morgue for autopsy. According to the brother who spoke on Otec FM’s Nyansapo  programme said the death of their brother is a big blow to the family since they least expected it. Linda, identified as the wife of ...
Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea
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Checkout How This Man And His Family Celebrated Barcelona’s Win Against Chelsea

A Nigerian journalist and former worker in Bayelsa State Government, Eberiye Christopher was over-joyed yesterday after his favourite team, Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 3-0 at Camp Nou in Spain. The hardcore Barcelona fan who couldn’t contain his excitement, ensured his whole family including his baby daughter wore Barcelona jerseys to celebrate the Spanish club’s Champions league qualification. Mr Christopher continued with his excitement as he shared a picture of him flying the Barcelona flag on his way to work this morning in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital. According to him; ‘he’s going to a suburb in Yenagoa this morning to receive some decamped fans from Chelsea to Fc Barcelona‘. Barcelona put on a spectacle on the Nou Camp stage as they beat Chelsea to seal their place i...
Barcelona Star Dembele Out For Another Month Due To Hamstring misery
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Barcelona Star Dembele Out For Another Month Due To Hamstring misery

In a statement, the La Liga leaders said: "Dembele had a problem with his left thigh and test have confirmed that the player has suffered a hamstring injury of the semitendinosus muscle that does not affect the area operated on earlier in the season. The injury will mean he will be out for a period of around three to four weeks."
Celtic Has To Work Hard For The Europa League – Moussa Dembele
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Celtic Has To Work Hard For The Europa League – Moussa Dembele

Celtic’s Moussa Dembele has sent a rallying call to his teammates urging them to ‘work hard’ after securing passage into the knockout stages of the Uefa Europa League. Despite going down 1-0 to Anderlecht in Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League game, Brendan Rodgers’ side finished third in Group B due to a better head-to-head record against the Belgian Champions. And the former Fulham forward believes the Celtic Park outfit ‘lacked the quality’ to compete in Europe’s premier club competition and wants them to reorganize so as to go the distance in the second tier tournament. “The positive thing is we have Europa League and that is the thing to take away from us,” Dembele told club website. “It wasn’t the best game for us but we have qualified and we have to be ready for it. “We j...
Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA
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Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA

Barcelona endured a difficult summer with Neymar leaving against their wishes to join PSG, while they were also hammered 5-1 by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. However, Ernesto Valverde has managed to turn things around with Barcelona well ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga and leading their group in the Champions League. When asked about his favourite team on FIFA, Virgil van Dijk, speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 18, said: “Always Barcelona. I am, obviously, a big fan of Barcelona on the game and back in the day the way they play, and the players they had, and still have. I think it’s an amazing team to watch. “And I think also when you play against friends it’s always going to be Barca-Real anyway because most of the time those are the two strongest teams on...
Three Months Minimum For Injury-Stricken Barcelona Winger Dembele
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Three Months Minimum For Injury-Stricken Barcelona Winger Dembele

On Tuesday, the winger underwent surgery in Finland to fix the tear as well as the muscle discomfort that he was feeling before entering the field against Getafe last Saturday. Following the operation, Dembele vowed on social media to return to playing action within two months but club doctors have a minimum three month lay-off scheduled for the Frenchman. Naturally, the human body can accelerate the recovery process as it did with Luis Suarez's speedy return from a knee injury sustained in the Supercopa de Espana in August, but it can also labour as Rafinha has discovered with latest his knee problem. For Dembele, it may perhaps be inexperience and youthful exuberance driving his optimism, and either way the final call on his return will come from the Barcelona medical department.
Neville: Rashford As Good As Mbappe And Dembele
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Neville: Rashford As Good As Mbappe And Dembele

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford should be mentioned in the same breath as Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's most expensive signing Ousmane Dembele, according to Phil Neville. United youngster and England international Rashford scored a brace to lead the reigning EFL Cup champions to a 4-1 win over Burton Albion at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 19-year-old netted twice inside the opening 17 minutes to take his season tally to five goals in all competitions, while he set up Anthony Martial for United's fourth. And former United utility Neville believes Rashford deserves to be in discussions alongside €180million-rated Mbappe and Dembele, who cost Barca €105m. "Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Rashford in this ...
Former Bayern Striker Elber: Neymar To PSG Has ‘Destroyed The Market’
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Former Bayern Striker Elber: Neymar To PSG Has ‘Destroyed The Market’

Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber says Paris Saint-Germain "destroyed the whole market" with their €222 million signing of Neymar. PSG stunned the footballing world in activating the buy-out clause in Neymar's contract to more than double the world record for a transfer fee. The Parisians are also set to shell out around €180m for Kylian Mbappe when a loan move from Monaco becomes permanent next season, with eyebrows raised over PSG's cooperation with Financial Fair Play regulations, while UEFA have also confirmed they are looking into the deals. Elber, who also played for Ligue 1 side Lyon in his career, believes that clubs in the Bundesliga now cannot keep up with the likes of PSG, who he accuses of distorting the market. "There is no [Bundesliga] club that would say 'Yes, w...
Rashford, Mbappe And Dembele In Contention For 2017 Golden Boy Award
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Rashford, Mbappe And Dembele In Contention For 2017 Golden Boy Award

The prize, founded in 2003, relates to performances across a particular calendar year, with the winner decided by a panel of 30 journalists. Among the favourites this time round are Mbappé, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan last month after impressing for Monaco, and Dembélé, who faces at least three months out with injury after completing his £97m move to Barcelona in the summer. But Rashford, who finished as runner-up in last year’s competition to Swansea’s on-loan Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches – will also be a strong contender after impressing for Manchester United. Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez, plus Everton’s Dominic Calvin-Lewin, Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham and Reece Oxford of West Ham, who is currently on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach, comp...
Dembele Has Undergone Successful Surgery And Faces Three And A Half Month Layoff
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Dembele Has Undergone Successful Surgery And Faces Three And A Half Month Layoff

The winger limped out of the Catalans' victory over Getafe on Saturday and is facing a lengthy injury layoff. Former Dortmund flier Dembele sustained a ruptured biceps femoris in his left leg in what is a big blow for Barca. He was brought on to replace Neymar who joined PAris Saint-Germain for a world record fee over the summer. A Barca statement read: "FC Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembélé was successfully operated on Tuesday to repair a ruptured biceps femoris in his left leg. Dr. Sakari Orava performed the surgery. "Dembélé remains under the supervision of Dr. Ricard Pruna. He is expected to be out for three and a half months. "The 20-year-old Frenchman signed with FC Barcelona in August and was injured in the first half of Saturday’s 2–1 victory at Getafe." Barca are set to profi...
Dembele In Wheelchair As He Travels To Finland For Surgery
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Dembele In Wheelchair As He Travels To Finland For Surgery

He will be operated on by Dr. Sakari Orava on Tuesday with the full extent of the damage being revealed in a club statement on Sunday. Barcelona noted that the 20-year-old had ruptured the tendon in his left hamstring. Dembele was accompanied on his flight to Finland by Los Cules' own Dr. Ricard Pruna after tests on Sunday showed the injury to the former Borussia Dortmund forward to be far more serious than many expected. Out for between three and four months, at first it had been suspected that a mere hamstring injury would only keep the Blaugrana's record signing out of action for a month. As such Dembele will not play again for his new team until at least the beginning of 2018.
Toni Kroos’ Agent Criticisms Dembele’s Behavior In Barcelona Transfer
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Toni Kroos’ Agent Criticisms Dembele’s Behavior In Barcelona Transfer

"If he did that to me, I would separate myself from him," Struth said in an interview published in Sport Bild. In his opinion, "due to guys like Dembele, I [as an agent] have a shitty reputation. I am angry with the fact his advisors advised him not to go to training with Dortmund. His advisors! That behaviour does not sit well with me." Struth -- who through his role with Sports Total works with Kroos, Dortmund's Marco Reus and Juventus' Howedes -- says he would not tolerate one of his clients skipping training in search of a move elsewhere. "I would immediately separate myself from a player that did that," he added. "Where are we going to get to?"
Quiet Performance Shows Patience Is Needed With Dembele
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Quiet Performance Shows Patience Is Needed With Dembele

His two summer signings both deserved to start, he felt, as he'd stated beforehand that he wouldn't accept mediocrity against the Old Lady. "This is a competition which demands complete attention and I must put in the best players," Valverde had said. While Semedo carried on from his impressive performance against Espanyol by nullifying Douglas Costa and getting forward frequently to cause problems, Dembele suffered and looked very much like a player still adjusting to his new team. The young Frenchman was involved in a direct duel with Alex Sandro, but largely struggled to get the better of the Brazilian, as Juve's left-back thwarted him on more than one occasion. Dembele wasn't involved in the intricate football between Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez that led to the opener and ...
How Dembele Sale Frees Up Pulisic To Be Dortmund’s New Superstar
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How Dembele Sale Frees Up Pulisic To Be Dortmund’s New Superstar

When Ousmane Dembele fired home Borussia Dortmund's first penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich in the DFL Supercup at the start of August, Christian Pulisic was watching from the bench. The U.S. international had opened the scoring in Germany's domestic curtain-raiser, but was sacrificed for fresh legs in extra-time after 90 minutes playing on the left wing. Two weeks later when Dortmund kicked off their Bundesliga season, Dembele was suspended from the team as he forced a move to Barcelona, with Pulisic starting their opening weekend win over Wolfsburg on his preferred right wing. Once again, the 18-year-old scored the opening goal, controlling a pass from Mario Gotze before finding the far corner of the net. Pulisic's goal was a fine finish, but his assist for Pierre-Emeri...
Paco Left Out Of Barca’s 18-Man Squad For UCL Clash Against Juventus Roberto Included
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Paco Left Out Of Barca’s 18-Man Squad For UCL Clash Against Juventus Roberto Included

At the end of the session, Ernesto Valverde announced the squad list to face the Italian team, and he emphasised the presence of Sergi Roberto who was absent against Espanyol. Denis Suárez also returns to the list of 18 players called upon by the Blaugrana coach. The complete list is as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitić, Sergio, Denis, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Mascherano, Paulinho, Deulofeu, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Umtiti. Arda Turan, Alcácer and Rafinha will not play because of injury or illness, whilst Vermaelen, Digne and Aleix Vidal were left out by Valverde. Full List Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders: Semedo, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti Midfielders: Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, A.Iniesta, Paulinho,...
Valverde: There Is No Time To Bring Dembele In Gradually
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Valverde: There Is No Time To Bring Dembele In Gradually

Dembele arrived after a long transfer saga with Borussia Dortmund reluctant to let him go and Valverde says that now with the season he has to field the best side he has. The 20-year-old came on as a substitute in the 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Espanyol at the weekend. "We will see tomorrow (if he starts). If I put him in it is because he is ready," Valverde told a press conference. "He is training well and becoming more integrated into the side. The matches are what decide, if he had come before then there would have been more margin but as it is, it depends on the competition and we have to play the best. Valverde says that he is happy with the way his side is playing but is also expecting a strong rival. "The defeat in the Supercopa is now a long way away and it is best to face ...
Dembélé’s Time To Shine At The Camp Nou
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Dembélé’s Time To Shine At The Camp Nou

But big problems require big solutions and there is probably no other player morel like Neymar than the man Barça signed from Dortmund. If Valverde decides to give him his debut, the Camp Nou will learn today that Dembélé is synonymous with show. He likes to dribble, he's fast, he's the present but most of all the future. He shouldn't be rushed, he's still only 20 and still suffering the effects of the media storm signing for Barça entails. Let's not forget that Neymar's debut season only hinted at what was to come and 'Mosquito' will need time to adapt. Dembélé will probably start on the left wing against Espanyol. From there, he can start to develop an understanding with the best player in the world, who he fell in love with watching him score a hat-trick against Arsenal in the 'Pe...
Valverde: “Our Team Is The Best Team In The World”
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Valverde: “Our Team Is The Best Team In The World”

“The best thing is that it [the transfer window] is over. We are focussed on the team we have and I’m happy with the whole squad,” Valverde said. “Our team is the best team in the world. The squad is extraordinary. The tendency is to downplay what he have and overestimate the other more, but we have a great team and we’re going to fight for everything,” he added. The manager downplayed the week’s controversies saying “there’s a lot of noise around Barcelona, but it seems like there is more than there actually is. There is an alternative reality. We try not to let the noise affect us too much”. He insisted that “we work so that our supporters enjoy [watching us] and to get results. I know that a lot of the times, names, signings appeal to people a lot and generate excitement, although the...
Ballack: Dembele Should Have Acted Better With Dortmund
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Ballack: Dembele Should Have Acted Better With Dortmund

Dembele refused to train for Dortmund as he looked to push through his move to the Catalan club. "Dembele owes Dortmund a lot and should have behaved differently," said Ballack, who also revealed that he had the chance to join Barcelona but accepted that his club Bayern Munich did not want him to go. "In 2004 I had a contract that would have let me join Barcelona but Bayern did not let me go and to go on strike was not something I would have done."
Wenger: We Will Have To Spend £70m To Replace Sanchez Next Summer
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Wenger: We Will Have To Spend £70m To Replace Sanchez Next Summer

Wenger stood firm and rejected Manchester City's transfer deadline day bids for his wantaway star player after failing to land Monaco's Thomas Lemar as a replacement.The French manager estimates that it will cost £70million to replace Sanchez if - or more likely when - he leaves next summer, despite having a £92m bid for Lemar accepted by Monaco on deadline day.'You take Sanchez into the final year of your contract, you sacrifice £60-£70million income and then at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,' said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports. 'So it has a huge price. So at some stage you have to make a decision you have to sacrifice one or two [players].'The move for Lemar fell through with Arsenal claiming they did not have enough time to comple...
Bartomeu: Neymar Leaving Presents Barcelona With An Opportunity
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Bartomeu: Neymar Leaving Presents Barcelona With An Opportunity

Do you feel deceived by Neymar? It distracted us too much. I would have preferred them to tell us before "we're going". We would have looked for a replacement in a normal market. The way of doing it wasn't right.They behaved poorly? Historically, Barça look for exits for players that want to leave (Cesc, Pedro, Alexis...) We don't stop players leaving. The same with Neymar, but we would have preferred to have Dembele at a better price.But you'd have preferred Neymar to stay?Better to have the talent at the club. But you can't be too pessimistic. It's an opportunity for Barcelona to break the trident and to bet on collective play. We're coming off Luis Enrique's project and now there's Valverde. There's total confidence in him. He's a manager that believes in the Barça model and in players ...
Der Spiegel: Football Leaks Reveals Dembelé’s Wage
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Der Spiegel: Football Leaks Reveals Dembelé’s Wage

The paper reports that Dembélé will earn a fixed salary of €12 million per year, which could rise to €20 million if he meets a series of targets.With regard to the add-ons to the transfer fee, Der Spiegel reports that Dortmund will receive €10 million if the player plays 50 competitive games for Barça, irrespective of when the figure is reached.Another €10 million will be paid if Barça qualify for the Champions League once in the next five years.
Dembele Drops Social Media Hint That Coutinho Could Join Him At Camp Nou
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Dembele Drops Social Media Hint That Coutinho Could Join Him At Camp Nou

Considering the fevered and frantic last few days of the transfer window, it seems a little bit suspect to think Dembele wasn’t dropping a hint with his social media follow.Over the past few days reports have been flowing out of Anfield suggesting that Liverpool will refuse to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.And on Tuesday those rumours were backed up by claims that Neymar has spoken to Coutinho about staying with Liverpool this summer.
Ousmane Dembele: I’m Not Feeling The Pressure
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Ousmane Dembele: I’m Not Feeling The Pressure

Speaking at a press conference after being presented to Barcelona fans, Dembele said: “One of my dreams has come true, to play at Barcelona. i’m very happy to be here, my objective is fit in to the team well, win as many titles as possible and fit into the club.“I’m very happy to play at the best club in the world and with the best players in the world. learn from the best players in the world like Suarez and Messi.Since I was eight years old I watched Barca games and it became a dream, I watched their games, how they played, they won many titles, Champions Leagues, leagues, something I liked a lot.”He is the club's record signing at a potential 147m euros."[I feel] no pressure, no nerves. It’s the transfer market going a bit crazy. But I’m here to do my work well on the pitch and help the...
Nice Promised Me Barca Move, But Didn’t Keep Their Word – Seri
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Nice Promised Me Barca Move, But Didn’t Keep Their Word – Seri

Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has blamed the French club’s greed for the breakdown of his dream transfer to Barcelona in an explosive interview with Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo. Seri’s move to the Catalan giants broke down after Nice’s Champions League qualifying defeat to Napoli last week amid reports Nice had upped their asking price due to interest from Paris Saint-Germain. “After the match (against Napoli) I met with Barcelona’s directors for more than an hour and they didn’t tell me anything about not going through with signing me,” said the Ivorian. “I went home really happy; then the next day I read the news. I was stunned to see the move had broken down in an incomprehensible manner for me. “I went to the Nice offices to see the board and find out what happ...
Barcelona Complete £135.5m Deal For Dortmund’s Dembele
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Barcelona Complete £135.5m Deal For Dortmund’s Dembele

Barcelona have completed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele for an initial £96.8m fee, potentially rising to £135.5m. The 20-year-old France international signed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp alongside the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Monday. The deal is the second most expensive of all time, eclipsed only by Neymar’s recent £200m move to Paris St-Germain. Barca said Dembele’s contract has a release clause of 400m euros (£369.6m). Dembele said: “I’m very happy to be here. It has always been my dream to be at Barcelona and now I’m here I’m very happy to have achieved my dream. “It is the best club in the world with the best players in the world.” Dembele’s last appearance for Dortmund came in the German Super Cup on 5 August. The Bu...
Why Dembele Was Bought To Replace Neymar – Valverde
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Why Dembele Was Bought To Replace Neymar – Valverde

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted that it was crucial to buy Ousmane Dembele, after Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain, as his team needed width. The La Liga champions confirmed Dembele’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund on Friday, in a transfer which could rise to €147million. It almost doubles the €80m they paid Liverpool for Luis Suarez in 2014, the club’s previous record purchase. Dembele, 20, will arrive in Barcelona over the weekend and will sign a five-year deal at Camp Nou on Monday. “Dembele gives us width, something we lost and we needed,” Valverde said in a news conference on Friday. “He can play on the left or the right, or even through the middle, he is quick and he is technically good. We hope he’s going to add a lot to the team. We’re really exc...
Dembele Can Match Neymar, Will Win Ballon d’Or – Hargreaves
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Dembele Can Match Neymar, Will Win Ballon d’Or – Hargreaves

Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Ousmane Dembele has the potential to surpass Neymar and could be a Ballon d’Or winner in the future. Barcelona announced on Friday that they had reached a €105m plus add-ons agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Dembele, who only joined the German club last season for around €12m. Speaking on Dembele’s potential Hargreaves told BBC: “He is the best 20-year-old player in the world. He has been under the radar but for anyone who has seen his body of work in France and the Bundesliga last season. He is breathtaking to watch. “Physically he is so powerful and can play with both feet. He takes set pieces with both feet. “He can play to the right, to the left and as number 10. The figure is obviously high, ...
Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona
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Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele.France international Dembele, 20, arrives to fill the void left by Neymar’s world-record €222 million departure to Paris Saint-Germain and is reported to have cost an initial €120m, with a further €30m in potential add-ons.Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely earlier this month after he missed training amid interest from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club continued to insist that he would only be allowed to leave if the La Liga club met their demands.The final breakthrough was made on Thursday when Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc met with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting executive Oscar Grau and director Raul Sanllehi during the Champions League draw i...
Dortmund Stand Ground With Barca-Target Dembele
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Dortmund Stand Ground With Barca-Target Dembele

Borussia Dortmund say they will not negotiate with Barcelona over a price for Ousmane Dembele as the clock keeps ticking in their stand-off with the want-away winger. Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely on August 10 when the 20-year-old boycotted training in protest after the German club rejected an initial bid from Barcelona. The Spanish giants want to sign Dembele and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Neymar, who left for Paris Saint-Germain for a record 222 million euros ($261m). However, Dembele has a Dortmund contract until 2021 and reports claim the Germans want 130 million euros for the player they paid Rennes 15m euros for last year. “We are prepared to sell him and what we want is on the table,” confirmed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, putting the ball ...
Barcelona Close To Deals For Coutinho, Dembele – Segura
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Barcelona Close To Deals For Coutinho, Dembele – Segura

Barcelona are close to agreeing deals for both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, according to the Catalan club’s general manager, Josep Segura. Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou after handing in a transfer request at Anfield, although Liverpool insist the Brazil international is not for sale and have already rejected a £90.4m offer from Barcelona. Dortmund have turned down an identical offer for their France international Dembele, who is currently serving an internal suspension at the German club after missing training amid the speculation surrounding his future. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is desperate to sign reinforcements after seeing his side suffer a 5-1 aggregate defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Segura insi...
Dortmund Demand £135m From Barca For Dembele
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Dortmund Demand £135m From Barca For Dembele

Borussia Dortmund have told Barcelona to stump up £135m if they want to sign Ousmane Dembele, according to Sky Sports. The France international is keen to make the move to the Nou Camp to replace Neymar, who is now in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain after signing for a world-record fee of £200m, but Dortmund have been insisting he is not for sale. Borussia Dortmund are a listed company and any offer for Dembele would have to be reported to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange – and the Bundesliga club would stand to make a profit of £122m on the 20-year-old after just 12 months. Dembele scored 10 goals in 49 appearances for Dortmund last season after joining the club for £13m from Rennes and helped the Signal Iduna Park side to win the DFB-Pokal Cup in his first season. Barca have bee...
Marseille Hold Talks With Celtic About Dembele Transfer
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Marseille Hold Talks With Celtic About Dembele Transfer

Marseille have held talks with Celtic about the potential transfer of striker Moussa Dembele. Sky Sports reports discussion took place in Glasgow on Saturday when Marseille played Rangers in a pre-season friendly, with Celtic asking for a fee in the region of £20m. But it is believed Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers would not be prepared to sell Dembele until after their final Champions League qualifying game in August. The 21-year-old signed for the Hoops last summer after Celtic paid a £500,000 development fee following the expiration of his Fulham contract. Dembele has three years left on his current Celtic deal, while Chelsea and West Ham United tried to sign the forward in January. French striker Dembele scored 32 times last season to help Celtic win a domestic treble. In...
Dortmund’s Dembele Happy Amid Barca Interest
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Dortmund’s Dembele Happy Amid Barca Interest

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ousmane Dembele has said he is not thinking about a transfer amid reported interest from Barcelona, but added that his goal is to play for them one day. Attacking midfielder Dembele, 20, scored the winner in France’s 3-2 friendly victory over England and told reporters afterwards: “Last year, I had contact with the Barcelona sporting director [Robert Fernandez]. “But I’m feeling good in Dortmund. I have a contract until 2021, and I’m not paying attention to what is being said.” Dembele moved to Dortmund from Rennes last summer and has enjoyed an impressive maiden season in Germany, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Meanwhile, Maximilian Philip, who joined Dortmund from Freiburg this summer, said he had nearly ended up at Bayern Munich as a teena...