Real Madrid join Barcelona in the race for Ousmane Dembele's signature

Real Madrid join Barcelona in the race for Ousmane Dembele's signature
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

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TOP STORY: Madrid enter race for Dembele

Barcelona's attempts to replace Neymar are not proving to be easy, and now, according to Catalan broadcaster RAC 1, Real Madrid look to be adding to their rivals' problems by registering an interest in Ousmane Dembele.

The 20-year-old forward was suspended and fined by Borussia Dortmund after failing to report for training on Thursday amid speculation that he wanted to join Barcelona. It is claimed that Barca remain Dembele's preferred move, but Madrid president Florentino Perez has asked Reinhard Rauball, his counterpart at Dortmund, to keep him abreast of the France international's availability before selling him.

Madrid-based AS reckons that having seen a bid knocked back already, Barca will return with a new offer for Dembele closer to Dortmund's asking price of 120 million-150 million in an effort to get the deal done.

Spurs plot a pair of signings

Like London buses, you wait all summer for a Tottenham signing then two come along at once.

The Mirror reports that the first new arrival will be Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez in a club-record 35m deal. It is claimed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is in Amsterdam negotiating the finer points of a deal that could bring 21-year-old Colombia international Sanchez, who can play centre-back or right-back, to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, sources tell ESPN FC that the club is hopeful of completing a deal for Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop in the face of competition from Lyon. And despite having just turned 20 on Tuesday, Diop has been told he can compete for a first-team place this season.


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