Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele joins FC Barcelona

The Spanish club will pay 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons in "contingent payments" that could reach about 40 per cent of the fixed transfer fee, Dortmund said in a statement, without elaborating.

Dembele scored 10 goals in 49 matches last season and topped the Bundesliga's successful dribbles table, with 103.

Dembele is widely expected to complete his move to Camp Nou, but a deal for Coutinho is proving troublesome with Liverpool playing hardball over their star playmaker.

The 20-year-old forward will cost the Catalan club an initial £97million but the final figure could rise to a staggering £138m with add-ons.

"I'm not a phenomenon, I'm just trying to be decisive for my team-mates, there are a lot of talented young people in football", Dembele modestly told AFP in a roundtable interview in February.

The Frenchman has been attracting 'Wunderkind' headlines with Dortmund since July 2016 when he ghosted past Manchester United's Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo before scoring an outrageous solo goal in Borussia's 4-1 win on a pre-season tour of China. He can play on the wing and also as a striker, and in that sense offers us many possibilities.

That resulted in him being suspended by the German club and forced to train on his own. Dortmund won the player and bought him at €15 million.

He has already shown himself to be capable of making a brave decision as last summer he resisted the advances of Barca and Madrid to move to Dortmund from Rennes and ensure his development wouldn't be restricted by a lack of game time.

Barcelona, on the other hand, lost Xavi, and Iniesta their star captain is on his last legs and Liverpool don't want to let go of Coutinho. Barcelona were also looking at him back then. A couple of years ago he was hardly known by anyone, but he's a player with a lot of quality.

He added: "Yeah, well we know what the transfer market is like at the moment. We will see [whether he leaves] in the next few days". It suggests that they are both delighted about the idea of coming; they want to come.

  • Ricardo Clara