Barcelona unveils Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona have completed a deal to sign
Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane
for an initial £96.8m fee, potentially rising to
The 20-year-old France international signed a
five-year contract at the Nou Camp alongside
the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu on
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
Bundesliga side rejected a bid from Barca for
the forward earlier in August, with the player
then suspended for missing training.
Dortmund said they rejected Barca's approach
because their offer "did not correspond to the
extraordinary footballing and additional value of
the player and the present economic situation of
the European transfer market".
With regard to the agreed fee, Dortmund said in
a statement that the payment of add-ons "was
agreed up to a maximum total amount of
approximately 40% of the fixed transfer fee".
Barca have failed with three bids for Liverpool
midfielder Philippe Coutinho, with their most
recent offer of being £114m.
Luis Suarez's transfer from Liverpool in 2014
was officially their most expensive previous
purchase, at £75m.
However, Bartomeu has said in the past that
"the overall cost of the operation" to sign
Neymar from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 was
"over 100m euros (£92m)", despite the transfer
fee having been disclosed as £48.6m.
Dembele exploits attract Barca's attention
Last season, Dembele scored 10 goals and
provided 21 assists as Dortmund finished third in
the Bundesliga and won the German Cup, also
reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
He joined Dortmund from French side Rennes on
a five-year deal in May 2016, having been voted
Ligue 1 young player of the year for the 2015-16
season, when he scored 12 goals and made five
Dembele made his senior France debut in 2016,
the only goal in seven caps to date coming in a
3-2 friendly victory over England in June.
He was left out of the France squad for
September's World Cup qualifiers against the
Netherlands and Luxembourg, with manager
Didier Deschamps explaining on Thursday:
"Ousmane hasn't trained for a fortnight and he's
waiting to see if the transfer will go ahead or
won't go ahead."

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