Dortmund say Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele remains suspended

Coutinho’s form for Liverpool in the Premier League across the past five seasons per 90

Coutinho’s form for Liverpool in the Premier League across the past five seasons per 90

It must be noted that the Merseyside outfit have already rejected two bids from Barca for their no.10 and the club's owners as well as manager Jurgen Klopp have repeatedly stressed that the attacking midfielder is not for sale at any price.

Dortmund are now concentrating on preparing the team for the Bundesliga opening match against Wolfsburg on August 19, according to Zorc.

Once official, the announcement would come at a time when Barcelona fans are glued to their news feeds, awaiting the latest on potential Neymar replacements in Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho or Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele.

Speculation mounted that the France forward was Camp Nou-bound, after he missed training without permission on Thursday.

Speculation that a move to Barcelona was imminent soon mounted before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for €15m previous year. Chelsea must spend, spend, spend!

The 20-year-old France global will be suspended till after the German Cup opening round on Saturday, the German club announced on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.

He added that the 20-year-old Frenchman would work out apart from group training sessions.

Peter Bosz's men won that game 4-0 but will not welcome Dembele back into the fold for their Bundesliga opener against Wolfsburg next weekend.

Speaking about Dembele after Saturday's victory, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was also been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park during the off-season, admitted that his team-mate is in a tough spot. "We hope nothing awful has happened".

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