Whatever happens between now and the end of the transfer window, it’s been a messy summer for Barcelona.
Losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain was a disaster that few saw coming. Barcelona, bitter and desperate, have since tried to replace their Brazilian star in a rather undignified way, unsettling targets with interest.
Their pursuit of Ousmane Dembele has been particularly chaotic. The 20-year-old fancies a move to Camp Nou and he’s doing everything in his power to force Borussia Dortmund to sell him. He’s on a bridge-burning spree.
Not only has the France international decided not to turn up to Dortmund training, he’s apparently returned to France. This wasn’t before he left the house of his landlord, one Jurgen Klopp, in a state.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has publically criticised Barcelona for any role they’ve played in turning Dembele against Dortmund. Kind of rich from a club that routinely pinches players from their rivals.
He was quoted by Kicker saying: “If the big FC Barcelona are behind the strike Dembelés, I do not have any respect for the club anymore, to lead a player to break a contract, this is the bottom circle.”