Dortmund spurns Barca Dembele bid

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"We couldn't reach him today".

Ed Aarons of the Guardian claimed that Dembele is now in Paris awaiting permission to fly to Barcelona to complete a transfer, but Dortmund's latest statement tells a very different story.

"We don't know where he is".

And the striker is reportedly a £135m target for Barcelona as a replacement for Brazilian star, Neymar.

Although the German side's sporting director, Michael Zorc, insisted no deal has been struck, speculation increased on Thursday when coach Peter Bosz revealed Dembele missed training and that the club could not contact him.

He has been suspended until next week, Dortmund said.

"Borussia Dortmund has held talks with FC Barcelona regarding the possible transfer of the BVB player Ousmane Dembélé to FC Barcelona", the statement read.

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"Dembele didn't show up for training today", he said in a press conference.

Barca are trying to sign Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Dembele, but have now seen bids rejected for both.

While there have been reports that the Spanish giants have already sent men to both England and Germany to complete respective deals, the players are expected to cost Barca close to Euro 200 million in total, considering their respective clubs' reluctance to sell.

After joining his Dortmund teammates for the official team photo on Wednesday, Dembele went missing on Thursday.

But Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp remains adamant that the 25-year-old will stay at Anfield no matter what Barcelona is prepared to pay.

The Frenchman has been highly impressive in his debut season with BVB, scoring six league goals and assisting a further 13 in just 32 appearances.

Dortmund only signed Dembele on a five-year deal from Rennes in May 2016 and could end with a huge profit should they eventually sell.

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