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Dembéle: Barça "not a millimetre closer" - Borussia Dortmund CEO

Hans-Joachim Watzke has scotched comments by Barcelona director Pep Segura that the LaLiga club are "close" to signing Ousmane Dembélé.

Borussia Dortmund and France winger Osumane Dembelé.
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Borussia Dortmund's CEO has contradicted remarks by Barcelona director Pep Segura that Los Azulgranas are near to sealing the signing of Ousmane Dembélé.

The LaLiga giants have targeted Dembélé and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho as they seek to replace winger Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain this month.

Segura says Dembélé, Coutinho "close" to Barcelona

And speaking after the Catalans' Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Segura declared: "We're discussing the conditions for [the transfers of] Coutinho and Dembélé. They're close."

Dembele has been suspended by Dortmund amid uncertainty over his future.
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Dembele has been suspended by Dortmund amid uncertainty over his future.PATRIK STOLLARZAFP

However, Hans-Joachim Watzke was categorical on the progress of Barça's pursuit of the Frenchman, for whom they had a bid rejected by Dortmund last week.

"Barcelona want to sign Dembélé, but at the moment they are not even a millimetre closer," said Watzke in quotes published by Kicker on Thursday.

Dembélé suspended by Dortmund

Dembéle, 20, has been suspended by Dortmund after failing to report for training last Thursday amid Barça's interest in taking him to the Camp Nou.


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