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Barcelona star valued at €400m amid interest from Premier League giants

Barcelona want any suitor for the superstar to pay the full €400 million (£361.7 million) buyout clause after reports surface that he is wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain

Mundo Deportivo‘s Xavier Bosch (via Goal) has claimed that Barcelona don not want to sell the Frenchman and their unwillingness is  such that they will not let him leave for a price lower than his clause. Bosch also named the two London clubs and the French giants as those interested in the winger, whose apparent lack of professionalism has been making news over recent weeks.

Dembele

Dembele again turned up late for training on Sunday, this time by two hours, for which was fined more than €100,000 (£90,000) by the club, according to Moises Llorens of AS. Barca manager Ernesto Valverde has also not been too harsh on the 21-year-old in public, though, which may well be because of his form on the pitch.

The winger has making key contributions for the Catalans lately, and after an injury-ravaged first season at the Camp Nou in 2017-18, Dembele is slowly showing the kind of form that made Barca splashed out an initial £96.8 million on him last year, which could rise to £135.5 million.

Dembele is equally comfortable using both feet, and adds extra pace and trickery to Barcelona’s attack, while his goal and assist output allude to a side that that can be incisive in the final third.

Authors take

Given the way Dembele has played either side of the injury this season, it is no surprise that Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG are eyeing him, but none of the three, not even the French club with all of their resources, can match his buyout clause. Which means any move to sign Dembele will smash the world record for transfers, and it would not make sense for PSG to sign him up when they already have Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

One also has to understand that Barcelona have spend a major chunk on him, and he undoubtedly has enormous potential, so them being unwilling to part with him at this stage, despite his itchy punctuality, makes sense.

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