BVB youngster Ousmane Dembele may be seen as a potential substitute for Neymar at Barcelona but the Borussia Dortmund star won’t come cheap. The Catalan giants will have to cough out €100million in they want the France winger as Neymar’s successor.
Neymar finished his €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday and different reports have linked Dembele with Camp Nou as Barca get ready to spend their world record abundance.
Addressing Eurosport amid its coverage of the DFL-Supercup, where Dembele set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike in a 2-2 draw before Bayern Munich won 5-4 on penalties, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke pretty much ruled out uncertainty over his valuation of the 20-year-old.
Being asked about a conceivable €100m fee, he stated: “For each situation, not enough.”
Watzke referred to Wolfsburg’s struggle since permitting Kevin De Bruyne to join Manchester City for £54.5m in August 2015 as a contention against tolerating astronomical fees for a prized asset.
He said: “I remember Kevin de Bruyne, he was the Bundesliga’s record transfer. When you see the years after, it was not the best transfer though as the team lost lots of quality.”
“I think we’ve made clear that he will stay with us,” Watzke added. “When we said that, the media wrote that he’ll leave in January. No, he will definitely stay.”