Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle to sign Ousmane Dembélé from Borussia Dortmund, with the France forward now expected to become the second most expensive player in history in a deal that could be worth €150m (£138.4m).
A club spokesman confirmed to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo that negotiations had gone very well, adding that an agreement in principle had been reached.
Sources close to the player are also confident that Dembélé – who scored six goals in his debut season in the Bundesliga – will now complete his move to La Liga, with the forward expected to be unveiled over the weekend.
Ousmane Dembélé (103) was the only player to complete 100+ take-ons in the 2016/17 #Bundesliga season.
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Dembele has been desperate to move to Barcelona and even went AWOL from Dortmund two weeks ago.
That resulted in him being suspended by the German club and forced to train on his own.
Barca have been trying to persuade the Bundesliga side to sell them the forward all summer.
However, it was reported that Dortmund would only let Dembele move to Spain for a whopping £128m.
Now it seems the Nou Camp club may have secured their target for a little less than that.