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Borussia Dortmund react after Barcelona chief says they're close to signing Ousmane Dembele

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Barcelona supporters are pleading with the club to complete deals for Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the wake of their dismantling at the hands of Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Barça are interested in both players but neither is yet to arrive, despite the Blaugrana having the funds to pay for either one.

Neymar’s €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain has left Barcelona with a huge transfer kitty but the only arrival since the Brazilian’s departure has been that of Paulinho, who was unveiled today following his £36.5m move from Guangzhou Evergrande.

And nobody expects Paulinho to be the man to reinvigorate Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Signing both Dembele and Coutinho would be brilliant but at this point, Barça fans would accept one of them.

It would appear that the Borussia Dortmund winger is closest. Photos of the 20-year-old loading suitcases into his car left many wondering if he was headed for Spain.

Dembele has been suspended by BVB after submitting a transfer request and it seems as though Barça will eventually land the Frenchman.

Barça chief: We're close to Dembele and Coutinho

Barcelona’s general manager Pep Segura admitted following last night’s 2-0 defeat to Real that deals for Dembele and Coutinho were “close”.

"Coutinho and Dembele are both close,” Segura said, per Goal. “We are hopeful that they will end up wearing the Barca shirt."

Dortmund CEO responds

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has responded to Segura’s comments - and it turns out that the Barcelona chief may have just been trying to satisfy the fans.

"Barcelona want to sign Dembele, but at the moment they are not even a millimetre closer," Watzke told Kicker on Thursday, per AS.

Klopp was asked about Segura's comments

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked about Segura’s comments during his press conference on Thursday, although he didn’t give anything away.

"Nothing to say from my side,” Klopp told reporters, via the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.

“We have already said what we have to say. Nothing new.

“I have nothing to say about his attitude. He has a back injury. Medical department have no complaints."

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It remains to be seen whether Coutinho will end up signing for Barcelona but club legend Jamie Carragher is confident the Brazilian playmaker isn’t going anywhere.

"I don't see any way the club would let Coutinho go,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “I said there'd be a riot if he went and I still stand by that.

"And I'll be part of that riot!"

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