A new twist in the signing of Ousmane Dembélé. Borussia Dortmund has announced that the footballer did not show up to training this morning and that they have been unable to find him. Dortmund's coach, the Dutchman Peter Bosz, said in a press conference: "Dembélé didn't come to train. We don't know why. We have tried to talk to him but we have not managed to. I hope that nothing bad has happened to him."
The French footballer is one of the great targets for Barcelona football club in this summer's trading window. The club's technical secretary sees a potential substitute for Neymar Jr in the 20-year-old French winger. The player already showed his unhappiness with Dortmund's position during the official team presentation, after the Germans surprised him in the last days asking for 150 million euros to close the deal.
Two French newspapers have said that Dembélé will move to Barça. Le Parisien has announced that there is already an agreement between the three parties and L'Équipe indicates that the signing might be made official in the next few hours.
A delegation from Barça formed of the manager, Javier Bordas, and the executives Raül Sanllehí and Óscar Grau travelled to Dortmund two days ago with the objective of coming back with an agreement. The Germans' demands, up 222 million from what they'd said to PSG, cooled the club's interest.
Now, 48 hours later, Dembélé has tried to force the issue. The rebellion by the player, who wants to swap the Signal Iduna Park for Camp Nou, could prove decisive.
The sports director of Borussia Dortmund, Michael Zorc, announced that the footballer will receive a fine for not attending the training session, before assuring that they had now managed to get in touch with the player. "It was a conscious decision and inappropriate behaviour that has to be punished," said Zorc.
Dembélé will be suspended until Saturday and will not take part in Dortmund's match against Rielasingen in the second round German Cup.