NO NEYMAR, VERRATTI OR COUTINHO, BUT BARCA BANKING ON DEMBELE TO HEAL TRANSFER TROUBLES
The outcome of Barcelona’s season will depend much upon Ousmane Dembele. After the Catalan club missed out on Marco Verratti and Philippe Coutinho this summer, while Neymar departed for Paris Saint-Germain, the Blaugrana are banking on the €105 million signing from Borussia Dortmund to deliver.
Following Neymar’s shock €222m move to PSG, Dembele was supposed to be the first piece of a new jigsaw as technical secretary Robert Fernandez promised at least two new arrivals going into the last week of the transfer window.
But there were no further additions as Barca bizarrely pulled the plug on a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri at the last minute, were never close to Liverpool’s valuation for Coutinho and even missed out on Angel Di Maria in the final few hours before the deadline on September 1.