L'Equipe Report That Barcelona Are Closing In On Their Neymar Replacement

Dembele appears to lose his cool as the Barcelona target tries to confront the goalkeeper

He had the right to make that decision.

According to L'Equipe, Barca has reached a contract agreement with Ousmane Dembele and is now directly negotiating with Borussia Dortmund for the talented winger.

There's a good reason too.

The 20-year-old French attacker played 90 minutes for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup on Saturday. The midfielder moved to Manchester City for £54.5m, and Die Wolfe are yet to bounce back from losing their prized asset. I think my son has been a man, shown respect [to Messi] and now he has to go his own way.

"He's magnificent with both feet and so quick, so powerful. Everybody in Germany has been impressed by how talented a player he is at the stage of his career". "He was at the club he had dreamt of".

But Watzke is adamant that no fee will be able to justify selling the highly-rated French international. The £71million valuation of the player is probably also achievable for the Gunners unless they sell Alexis Sanchez.

Dembele has developed in to one of the hottest properties in European football since progressing through the youth ranks at Rennes and continued to impress after joining Dortmund last summer.

They say Barca want the deal done quickly as they aim to re-sharpen the third prong of their attacking trident, along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Thomas Lemar.

He ended the season with 26 goals in all competitions and is a Real Madrid transfer target.

Discussing Neymar's move to Paris, Dembele added: "He is one of the best in the world".

Whether that surpasses Neymar is yet to be seen.

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