Is Ousmane Dembele The Ideal Replacement For Neymar At Barcelona?
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Is Ousmane Dembele The Ideal Replacement For Neymar At Barcelona?

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    Barcelona’s pursuit of a replacement for Neymar has generated about a million and one stories over the past week, with the Blaugrana desperate to spend a significant chunk of the €222 million they received from Paris Saint-Germain on a player to fill the Brazilian’s boots at the Camp Nou.

    Philippe Coutinho is one player whose name continues to crop up in reports, with Barcelona seeing an initial bid in the region of £75 million rejected for Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker, who, according to some reports, has handed in a transfer request at Anfield.

    The other player that is being linked with a move to Catalonia with increasing regularity is Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.

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    The Frenchman, a £13 million arrival from Rennes last summer, has recently gone AWOL from Dortmund in an apparent attempt to force the Bundesliga club’s hand in negotiations with Barca.

    With stories circulating about the 20-year-old’s future, BVB issued an official statement on their position regarding the potential sale of one of their most prized assets.

    And, with Barca readying a deal worth North of £100 million for a player who cost only a tenth of that a year ago, club legend Xavi has revealed that he believes Dembele is the correct player for the club to be targeting to replace Neymar.

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    Speaking to Eurosport, the four-time Champions League winner said, “He is a versatile player, with a lot of physical and technical qualities, and very fast in addition.

    “He is excellent in the last pass. Now, he is 20-years-old. This means two things: he has all the future ahead of him, but he will have to demonstrate that he also has the mental strength to impose himself in a club as demanding as Barça.

    “His age is his strength as well as his handicap. But with his qualities, the club must take a risk on him.

    “The price? Today, any good player is worth millions.”