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Borussia Dortmund warn Barcelona off Ousmane Dembele

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The club have denied reports that talks have taken place

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Borussia Dortmund have warned Barcelona off a move for Ousmane Dembele after huge speculation the Blaugrana were closing in on the France international.

The big story in Spain on Thursday morning, according to Sport, was that Barcelona had agreed a five-year deal with Dembele's agent.

The Borussia Dortmund star features on the front page amid claims a deal to take him to Barca has already been done.

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According to the report, Dortmund want €90 million, for a player they signed for around €12m last summer, while Barca want to pay €50m plus €20m in "variables".

However, Dortmund are clearly unimpressed with such developments and have hit back through sporting director Michael Zorc.

"Dembele has a long-term contract, he’s an essential part of our plans," he told WAZ.

"There are no talks, Ousmane will play for us next season."

Strong words then, from Dortmund and it looks currently as though Robert Fernandez may struggle to land the "big-name signings" he promised earlier this week.

The club's top target appears to be Marco Verratti, but prising him away from PSG will be tough, and landing Dembele looks an equally tough prospect.

Other targets too also look elusive: Philippe Coutinho has played down talk of a move to Barca recently, Hector Bellerin signed a new long-term Arsenal deal back in November while the rumour mill claims talks over a move for Nelson Semedo have ground to a halt.

This could be one long and frustrating summer...