Loaded with 222m from Neymar’s transfer, Barcelona spent a chunk of it on Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele as they signed him for 135.5m. They have agreed a deal to sign Dembele on a five-year deal in a fee rising upto 147 euros making him the world’s second most expensive player. Barcelona will pay an initial 105m euros (£96.8m) for the France international as per the term of the contract which also includes 32 euros as bonuses. Dembele will undergo a medical on Monday, after which he will be unveiled at the Camp Nou and be handed over the No.11 jersey.
Given that Dembele is only 20, the money being shelled out for him is mammoth with the deal being eclipsed only by Neymar’s recent £200m move to Paris St-Germain. Having learnt their lesson from the Neymar transfer saga, Barcelona have put a release clause of 400m euros on the player, making him almost unsnatchable from the Camp Nou. The Dembele transfer saga which had continued over weeks, seeing Barcelona play their usual dirty underhand tactics finally came to an end on Friday.
Dembele had not featured for Dortmund since the German Super Cup on 5 August having not turned up for training most likely courtesy of some shoddy advice from Barcelona to push for a move. Punished for his attitude and with the Dortmund board clearly upset with Dembele, it was inevitable that the club would sell once they received a sizable offer. The German side rejected a bid from Barca for the forward earlier in August and finally ended up accepting the latest one of 135.5m to see the transfer go through.
Dembele is a fantastic addition to the Barcelona squad who are desperate to add to their squad after the departure of Neymar. One of the most exciting forwards in world football at the moment, Dembele is sure to return of his huge fees with vital performances for the Catalan side. He was voted Ligue 1 young player of the year for the 2015-16 season, when he scored 12 goals and made five assists which lead to Dortmund signing him up on a five year deal.