Barcelona Place €60m Valuation on Ousmane Dembélé – But Injury and Behavioural Concerns Could Block Transfer

Barcelona have put a €60m valuation on forward Ousmane Dembélé amid speculation he could depart Camp Nou in the summer.

Injuries have plagued the Frenchman’s time with the Catalan giants since his €105m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, hampering his overall development.

Dembélé had been given the remainder of the 2019/20 season to prove his form and fitness to the club, but a hamstring injury sustained in February appeared to put pay to the rest of his La Liga campaign.

FC Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund: Group F – UEFA Champions League

The delay of the football season thanks to the coronavirus outbreak means Barcelona fans may not have seen the last of him this campaign, but with the club planning an upheaval in the summer, Dembélé could be on the departure list.

According to Spanish news outlet Marca, Barcelona value Dembélé at around €60m, but persuading potential suitors to part with such a sum of money may prove tricky because of ‘physical and behavioural doubts’ Barcelona have about him are shared by most interested parties.

The 22-year-old has suffered with a persistent hamstring injury this season, keeping him out from November through to February. He then tore his hamstring during his first game back.

FC Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund: Group F – UEFA Champions League

He sustained a similar injury during his debut season with the club and was absent for three and a half months.

Dembélé is expected to return to training over the coming days to continue his recovery, having undergone his coronavirus test on Wednesday. He is the last remaining Barcelona player yet to return to training.

Dembélé’s ‘erratic behaviour’ has also caused doubts for potential buyers, with reports of a lack of discipline, professionalism and a poor mentality.

Barcelona are yet to receive an offer, and although PSG are interested, they are uncertain about his performances and ability to adapt to the dressing room.

Last season’s La Liga champions are plotting a reunion with former forward Neymar in the summer, and are also looking to bring in Lautaro Martinez. In order to bring the pair in, exits are anticipated for Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite and potentially Dembélé – if they can find a buyer.

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