Barcelona - Borussia Dortmund's French starlet Ousmane Dembele brought an end to
protracted transfer talks by agreeing a five-year deal with Barcelona
for a fee of €105 million plus add-ons, the Spanish
giants announced on Friday.
"Visca Bara, Visca Catalunya!" Dembele tweeted in Catalan, meaning 'Long live Barca, long live Catalonia'.
20, moves from Dortmund, where he has been suspended since he boycotted
training on August 10 in protest after the German club rejected Barca's
The add-ons amount to a maximum of €42 million,
according to Dortmund, which would make it the second biggest transfer
in history after Neymar's move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain earlier
It will surpass the highest transfer by a French
player, currently held by Paul Pogba in his €105 million move plus
five million add-ons from Juventus to Manchester United last year.
Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement for the
transfer of Ousmane Dembele for €105 million plus add-ons," Barca
revealed in a statement.
"The player will sign a five-year contract and his buy-out clause is set at €400 million."
The winger, capped seven times by France, will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday and undergo a medical on Monday.
my little brother, make me dream!!! Don't forget to keep me a season
ticket," tweeted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dortmund's Gabon striker who
received most of Dembele's 22 assists last season.
Barca were in
desperate need for reinforcements since being caught cold by Neymar's
decision to join PSG for a world record €222 million.
who cost Dortmund just €15 million from Rennes last year, has paid
the price for the ongoing saga over his future, with France coach
Didier Deschamps opting on Thursday to omit him from the national squad
for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and
"Without doubt he is a hugely talented player, one of the best on the continent," Barca gushed in their statement.
coach Ernesto Valverde added: "He is a player who guarantees us depth,
something that we have lost and that we need. He can play on the wing
and also as a striker, and in that sense offers us many possibilities.
"He is fast, deep, technical and we hope he brings us many things."
Dembele scored 10 goals in 49 matches last season and topped the Bundesliga's successful dribbles table, with 103.
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.
"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.
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.
The 20-year-old will now have to show himself ready for the step up to the big time at the Camp Nou.
move, following Neymar's Barca exit, comes at a time the footballers'
union FIFPro has blasted as "transfer market madness".
transfer, it said, "is the latest example of how football is ever more
the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs".
are still in the hunt for Liverpool's Brazilian Philippe Coutinho,
while Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe is in big-spending PSG's crosshairs,
with a reported €180 million price tag.