Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele suspended by Dortmund

Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele suspended by Dortmund

Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele suspended by Dortmund

Barcelona could return to Borussia Dortmund with an improved bid of £110m for French youngster Ousmane Dembele, according to a report in the press.

Speculation that a move to Barcelona was imminent soon mounted before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for €15m previous year.

Despite Dortmund rejecting a €100m offer from Barcelona, the Frenchman travelled to Spain in the hope of sealing a move to the Nou Camp, and Dortmund responded by suspending him for the weekend's DFB-Pokal first-round encounter with minnows Rielasingen-Arlen.

'Ousmane Dembele has the possibility to do individual training off the group'.

"Of course, such misbehaviour will be sanctioned".

Dortmund boss Peter Bosz admitted he was unaware of Dembele's whereabouts on Thursday before later confirming he was in the German city.

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Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc said: "Our focus now is on preparation for the Bundesliga opening match in Wolfsburg [on 19 August]".

Dortmund met with Barcelona's representatives but the Spanish club did not meet their valuation.

Dembele will be expected to train on his own while the rest of the squad prepare for their first Bundesliga game of the season against Wolfsburg next Saturday.

The France global is a target for the Catalans, along with Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, as they aim to find a replacement for Neymar following his £200m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Dortmund now have a 30-man senior squad, yet a number of players are now unavailable or just returning from injury.

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