Barcelona has agreed on a deal to sign 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund standout Ousmane Dembele, whose five-year contract turns up a fee that now only trails Paris Saint-Germain newcomer Neymar for the most expensive soccer player in the world. Barcelona had interest in the forward as early as last spring, though complications between him, the city of Rennes and a host of agents attempting to sign Dembele put a damper on the scenario.
Dembele will be compensated €105 million initially, in a deal that contains a release clause of €400 million.
Borussia Dortmund originally rejected Barcelona’s offer earlier in the month when Dembele was suspended. The German club rejected because the deal “did not correspond to the extraordinary footballing and additional value of the player and the present economic situation of the European transfer market.”
It is also worth noting that Dembele had not appeared with Borussia Dortmund since back on August 5 at the German Super Cup. Helping Dortmund finish third in the Bundesliga and reaching the Champions League quarterfinals, the 20-year-old contributed with 10 goals and 21 assists over the course of the 2016 season. Last May, he notably joined the German club by way of a five-year deal.
According to John Bennett of BBC World Service, Rennes manager Rolland Courbis mentioned that Delembe could have joined forces with Barcelona last summer. Despite having more money on the table, the forward opted to join the German club. Now, the only box left to check for the 5-10 forward is a physical, which is scheduled for Monday, August 28.