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Barcelona close to deals for Coutinho and Dembele

Barcelona’s general manager said the club are close to completing deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele after Wednesday’s 2-0 Super Cup loss to Real Madrid, although the claim has been strongly rejected by Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool’s Coutinho has been the subject of two bids from Barcelona, the most recent worth €100 million turned down last week.

However, Coutinho responded by handing in a transfer request and Mundo Deportivo has reported that the Brazil international has told the Premier League side he will not play for them again.

Dembele, meanwhile, is currently serving an internal suspension at Dortmund after skipping training last week in a bid to force through a move to Camp Nou.

In a statement to the stock market last week, Dortmund confirmed they had rejected Barca’s bid for the France international, reported to be in the region of €100m.

Kicker also reported on Thursday that there has been no contact between Dortmund and Barcelona in the past nine days.

“We know that we have to strengthen the team and that’s what we will continue to do in the coming days,” Barca general manager Pep Segura told TV3.

“We have to help the team. We’re close [to Coutinho and Dembele], we’re talking about the conditions but until everything is finalised, we can’t say anything else. We hope they will wear a Barca shirt.”

Dembele, meanwhile, is currently serving an internal suspension at Dortmund after skipping training last week in a bid to force through a move to Camp Nou.

In a statement to the stock market last week, Dortmund confirmed they had rejected Barca’s bid for the France international, reported to be in the region of €100m.

Kicker also reported on Thursday that there has been no contact between Dortmund and Barcelona in the past nine days.

“We know that we have to strengthen the team and that’s what we will continue to do in the coming days,” Barca general manager Pep Segura told TV3.

“We have to help the team. We’re close [to Coutinho and Dembele], we’re talking about the conditions but until everything is finalised, we can’t say anything else. We hope they will wear a Barca shirt.”

source : myjoyonline.com

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