According to Bundesliga expert, Lee Price, Dortmund are demanding over £90m for the Frenchman, and Price thinks Barcelona won’t have enough cash to complete a deal for Philippe Coutinho, Express Sport reported.
Barcelona sold their Brazillian talisman Neymar to PSG for £200.6m. Both Dembele and Coutinho are seen as possible replacements for the 25-year-old.
“Dortmund have agreed to sell Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, it’ll happen. It’s just the fee that needs to be finalised,” Price said in an Express Sports report.
“The German club are holding out for as much as they can possibly get – and more than £90m would be an incredible result for a player that cost them a tenth of that a year ago – which could scupper Barca’s interest in Philippe Coutinho.
“In any case, even with the sale of Neymar, the Catalans couldn’t afford both Dembele and Coutinho. They would’ve needed to find extra financing.
“Now, once Dembele joins, there’s going to be less money and, crucially, less inclination for Coutinho.
“That will lend itself well to Liverpool’s hopes of convincing him to stay another year.”