Borussia Dortmund have informed the Frankfurt Stock Exchange that they have rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele.
Dortmund boss Peter Bosz admitted earlier today he was unaware of the whereabouts of the player. The Frenchman missed first-team training today and Bosz revealed the forward had not answered his phone when contacted by the club.
It is understood Dembélé went to Paris on Thursday evening to visit friends and family, and was awaiting news as the clubs continue to negotiate the fee.
Talks have been continuing for several days, with Dortmund insistent they would not accept less than €150m for the player they signed from Rennes last summer for a 10th of that cost.
Dembélé was pictured in the official team photo on Wednesday but the Dortmund manager, Peter Bosz, said the player had failed to show up the following day.
“He wasn’t there this morning and if I am completely honest I have to say I have no idea why he wasn’t,” Bosz said. “We have tried to reach him but we have not managed to. I hope nothing bad has happened to him. He wasn’t there.”
Asked if it was linked to Barcelona’s interest, Bosz said: “That I do not know as I haven’t spoken to him.”
A report in the French newspaper L’Equipe claimed Dembélé will fly to Barcelona “in the coming hours” to sign a long-term contract.
Sky Sports in Germany has also reported he is set to join Ernesto Valverde’s side.Borussia Dortmund Reject Barcelona’s €100m Offer For Ousmane Dembele