Dortmund stand firm on Dembele

22 August 2017 15:13:20 EST

Borussia Dortmund have reiterated their stance that they will not negotiate with Barcelona over a price for Ousmane Dembele.

The Bundesliga side suspended Dembele indefinitely earlier this month after the 20-year-old boycotted training in protest after the club rejecting an initial bid from Barcelona for his services.

Barcelona are eyeing up Dembele after Neymar's world record switch to Paris St-Germain.

We are prepared to sell him and what we want is on the table,

Hans-Joachim Watzke

Dembele is contracted to Dortmund until 2021 and reports claim the Germans want €130m (£119m) for the player, who signed from Rennes for €15m (£13.7m) last year.

Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said they have made their position very clear to Barcelona, and that they won't be taking any backwards steps.

"We are prepared to sell him and what we want is on the table," said Watzke.

"When it's not met, Dembele will stay with us. We will not negotiate."

Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura insisted last week that a deal was close to being agreed with Dortmund. Dembele has already quit his accommodation in Dortmund and moved back to France.

Watzke has also joined those calling for the transfer window to close on 1st August, rather than at the end of the month in order to avoid unsettled players failing to contribute for their clubs after the season has started.

"In the summer, the fans look forward to the season and when it starts, it should be about football, not this theatre," he added.

Dortmund are 4500/1 to win the Bundesliga this season, while they can be backed at 5/2 in the market without Bayern Munich, who are 1/10000 to retain their title.

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