Barcelona Transfer News: Ousmane Dembele Latest, Paulinho Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2017

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 18:  #7 Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball at University Town Sports Centre Stadium during the 2017 International Champions Cup match on July 18, 2017 in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund have extended Ousmane Dembele's suspension amid continued links to Barcelona.

As Tom Webber of Goal noted, the German giants have announced the winger will not feature for the club "until further notice." Per Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol, Dembele is set to train on his own as a result:

Per Webber, Barcelona have already seen a bid rejected for the talented winger, who has been eyed as a possible replacement for Neymar.

Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc recently said that the 20-year-old "missed training without notifying the club and has clearly taken this action consciously," per Ed Aarons of the Guardian.

Per Bleacher Report UK, it feels as though the deal is moving closer to completion:

Dortmund are evidently disappointed with the way in which Dembele has conducted himself amid interest from the Camp Nou club.

Some would say with good reason, too. After all, they brought him to Westfalenstadion from Stade Rennais last summer and gave the winger a chance to showcase his skills at the highest level. Dembele obliged, with six goals and 12 assists in the Bundesliga in 2016-17.

Dembele was a huge hit in his debut season at Dortmund.
Dembele was a huge hit in his debut season at Dortmund.TF-Images/Getty Images

But it appears as though the youngster has burned some bridges in an attempt to get his move. Writer Lars Pollmann struggles to see a way back for the forward:

It looks as though Barcelona will get their man, and plenty in Catalonia will be excited at what Dembele can add. Granted, he's not got the ability to fill Neymar's boots quite yet, but he's one of a select few players in football with the potential to do so.

With Dortmund clearly unhappy with the player and the start of the Bundesliga and La Liga seasons moving closer into view, it would be a surprise if there weren't significant developments on this deal before the end of the transfer window.

        

Paulinho Deal Done

KASHIMA, JAPAN - MAY 30:  Paulinho of Guangzhou Evergrande celebrates after scoring a goal during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Kashima Antlers and Guangzhou Evergrande FC at Kashima Stadium on May 30, 2017 in Kashima, Japan.  (Photo
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According to Joaquim Piera of Sport, Barcelona have wrapped up a deal for Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho.

Piera reported the Blaugrana will pay €40 million (£37 million) for the Brazil international, who will sign a four-year deal.

The transfer would be one of the most surprising of the summer, as Paulinho's career appeared to be on a downward curve not too long ago. In 2015, he was allowed to leave Tottenham Hotspur for the Chinese outfit having failed to adapt to the Premier League.

As noted by football journalist Colin Millar, the deal doesn't appear to make a lot of sense:

Those who frequent the Camp Nou likely won't be too excited about the prospect of Paulinho's arrivial.

After all, the 29-year-old is not the kind of player you would associate with the club's ethos of quick passing, neat dribbling and smart movement. Paulinho is a power player who wins tackles, drives forward and looks to get into the box to score goals.

While that bit of bullishness may be needed in a Barca midfield that was timid at times in 2016-17, you sense the Blaugrana could find a younger, cheaper and more effective alternative option than Paulinho.