Official: Barcelona Make Ousmane Dembele Second-Most Expensive Footballer Ever, Less Than Two Years Into His Senior Career

Chris Wright

25th, August 2017


Barcelona have completed the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth an eye-swivelling €105million (around £98million).

Dembele has agreed a five-year deal that contains add-ons which could inflate the final fee beyond the €150million (£138million) mark.

That means that, in the space of just 719 days, the young French forward has gone from making his senior career debut to becoming the second most expensive footballer of all time – which is, of course, utter lunacy.

The pecking order might all change when PSG eventually get round to pushing their acquisition of Kylian Mbappe over the line in the none-too-distant future.

We should probably stop calling these things ‘deals’ to be honest.

Just for the record – and PSG take note – Barca have made a concerted effort to mention that they’ve inserted a towering release clause of €400million into the small print of Dembele’s contract.

Who knows? Maybe even that will seem like a bargain in two years’ time.

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  1. EDub says:

    Lunacy indeed. This window has been a perfect storm of events leading to these ridiculous transfers.

    I think a lot started last season – when Barca humiliated PSG in the 2nd leg of the CL, I think someone at PSG decided they were going to go all-out to screw Barca (and they have).

  2. Aidan says:

    Considering Gylfi Sigurdsson was sold for £45 million and apparently Chelsea had a bid of £25 million rejected for Danny Drinkwater, Dembele’s transfer is just market value at the moment. Football clubs rake in ridiculous amount of money so it’s no surprise that transfer fees are escalating so quickly.

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