Barcelona have announced the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.
The Catalan club confirmed the news on their Twitter page, with an image of Dembele in a Barca shirt, and in a statement on their website they called him ‘one of the best on the continent’.
He arrives as a replacement up front for Neymar, who left for PSG earlier this month on a world record fee. Dembele will wear the No 11 – vacated by the Brazilian’s departure.
The club confirmed the transfer fee is £96million plus add-ons, making Dembele the second most expensive player of all time, after Neymar cost the Ligue 1 side £198m.
Dortmund claim on their website that the add-ons are potentially worth ’40 percent of the amount of the fixed transfer’ – which would be an additional £13.6m, meaning the total transfer could eventually cost nearly £110m.
It was also stressed in the club statement that Dembele’s release clause is €400m – approximately £368m – which is significantly higher than Neymar’s, which was triggered by PSG.
Barcelona say Dembele will arrive in the Spanish city on Sunday for a medical on Monday, with his official unveiling to be early next week.
The statement said: ‘Ousmane Dembele is one of the best young players in the world. The French winger stands out for his pace, ability to beat men and versatility.
‘He can play on either wing in attack and is known for his great dribbling. Last season he carried 103 successful dribbles, more than anyone else in the Bundesliga. Without doubt he is hugely talented player, one of the best on the continent.’
The 20-year-old started his career in France with Rennes, before joining the Bundesliga side last summer and impressing immensely.
Dembele scored 10 goals in 49 matches, and created the third most assists in Europe, with 20 in all competitions.