This really hasn’t been a good week for FC Barcelona.
On Wednesday the Blaugrana were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid to complete a 5-1 defeat in the Spanish Super Cup.
The following day, Paulinho was unveiled following his £36.5 million move from Guangzhou Evergrande, only to suffer embarrassment when he struggled to perform kick-ups.
And Barcelona have today seen a £114m bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho rejected.
Absolutely nothing has gone right for the Catalan club.
Barça also want Ousmane Dembele
With Liverpool seemingly refusing to sell Coutinho, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Barcelona focus entirely on signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.
The 20-year-old winger has been suspended by Dortmund after skipping training amid interest from Barcelona.
It’s clear that the France international, who has also submitted a transfer request, is desperate to leave Signal Iduna Park.
Photos of Dembele loading suitcases into a car appeared on social media and Bild have reported that he was heading for France.
So he won’t be around for Dortmund’s league opener against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Dembele has probably annoyed Klopp
Dembele has upset Peter Bosz with his actions, but the Dortmund manager probably isn’t the only one disappointed by the France international’s recent behaviour.
Dembele rents a house in Germany from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and, according to Bild, left the property “in chaos” before he fled to France.
Bin bags and ripped up newspapers were strewn across the front garden and the driveway is also said to have been left in a mad state.
If the scene was so bad inside, we can’t imagine how Dembele left the inside of the house.
Dortmund players are "shocked" with Dembele
Dembele, who scored 10 goals for Dortmund last season, has the world at his feet.
But it would appear that he isn’t receiving great advice right now. If he doesn’t sign for Barça this summer, then he’ll be forced to grovel to Bosz in order to have any chance of getting back into the Dortmund fold.
Dortmund player Gonzalo Castro has hit out at Dembele for his recent behaviour, hinting that the youngster’s decisions could be influenced by someone behind the scenes.
"We were shocked [at Dembele's decision to miss training]. That was news for all of us. This is something I have never experienced," Castrol told Bild, per Goal.
"We cannot forget that he is only 20 years old and nobody knows who is behind his actions. At his age, I could not decide everything by myself.
"We have to wait and see if he's going to show up again. There must be a clear sign by him [that he wants to return to the team].”
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