Dembele skips training; will join Barca ‘in coming hours’

Date published: Thursday 10th August 2017 3:22

Ousmane Dembele has missed Dortmund training without permission as reports claim that the forward is edging closer to a move to Barcelona.

The Spanish club are understood to have been negotiations for days with the Bundesliga outfit, however it’s believed that Dortmund would not accept less than £135million for the 20-year-old.

Over the weekend reports claimed that Dembele had agreed terms on a contract ahead of a £90million move to the Camp Nou as replacement for Neymar.

Peter Bosz, the man who succeeded Thomas Tuchel as Dortmund boss, confirmed that Dembele had not reported for a scheduled training session on Thursday and has “no idea” why the player was absent.

“He wasn’t there this morning and if I am completely honest I have to say that I have no idea why he wasn’t,” said Bosz. “We have tried to reach him but we have not managed to. I hope that nothing bad has happened to him. He wasn’t there.”

When asked if his non-appearance at training was down to a potential move to Barca, Bosz said: “That I do not know as I haven’t spoken to him.”

That’s following a report in French publication L’Equipe that Dembele will travel to Barcelona “in the coming hours” to complete the formalities of a transfer to Catalonia.

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