The competitive season for Borussia Dortmund officially starts this weekend in the DFB Pokal. The following weekend, they open Bundesliga play against Wolfsburg. Despite the beginning of the season looming on the very-near horizon, there are still major questions to be answered about the future of one of BVB’s star players.
Ousmane Dembele has been suspended from training and games by Dortmund, after he skipped the squad’s practice session Thursday. Barcelona have reportedly bid for the player, and he has now evidently had his head turned.
BVB have rejected any bids Barca have made so far, but have now set their asking price. According to the incredibly reliable RN, that price is €120 million + €30 million in add-ons.
The price seems like a fair one in the current market. Dortmund will reportedly have to give €20 million of that fee to Rennes, where Dembele was purchased from just last summer.
The higher-ups at BVB have clearly decided that Dembele is not worth the trouble he is now causing. If a player isn’t totally committed to the cause of the team, then it’s a no-brainer to let him go for this type of transfer fee.
But if this move does happen, Dortmund will have to re-invest that money quickly. Emre Mor’s loan move to Inter may be off, but Peter Bosz will still need another promising winger to replace Ousmane.
With the season fast approaching, this is one situation that should be resolved relatively soon. The most likely outcome, at this point, seems to be Dembele moving to Spain.