Barcelona have reportedly had an offer of €130 million (£119 million) rejected by Borussia Dortmund for Ousmane Dembele.
According to Sky Germany (h/t Sport), the Blaugrana's bid is €40 million more than their initial offer for the forward. Dortmund are said to value Dembele at a whopping €150 million.
It's suggested that the German outfit are seeking a swift resolution to the transfer saga, as they do not want negotiations to run until the final day of the window.
According to Sky Germany, Barcelona have less than a week to make a decision on whether to snap up the Frenchman or pursue other targets.
As reported by Sport, Dembele has been suspended by Dortmund after he missed training without explanation. The 20-year-old is said to be keen to see the move go ahead.
Per Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is not happy with the way the player and Barca have conducted themselves:
Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke blames Barcelona for Ousmane Dembélé refusing to train. Says chance of transfer to Barca under 50%2017-8-20 20:41:40
Dembele is a massive talent and it's understandable Dortmund value him so highly. They only signed him last summer from Stade Rennais, although it was clear early on they had a special player on their hands.
The France international is comfortable on both feet, has electric pace and can leave defenders flummoxed with his agility. Factor in the composure he has shown consistently around the box and in front of goal, and Dembele could go on to be one of the best players in the world.
It's why Barca are willing to offer so much for him. Football writer Liam Canning believes after losing Neymar, the Dortmund man must be the club's top priority:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
Who do Barcelona have to sign with the €222m received from Neymar to get back to the top? Ousmane Dembélé should be their #1 priority.2017-8-3 14:00:02
The issue Barcelona are having is that teams are aware they have pocketed £200 million for Neymar and can dig their heels in for more money. Additionally, the size of that deal has had a knock-on effect on the rest of the market, with prices inflated across Europe.
According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Barca have abandoned their pursuit of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho as a result, with three bids rejected for the Brazilian. It appears as though they are going to have to make a decision on whether to continue pursuing Dembele soon.