Borussia Dortmund's youngster, Ousmane Dembele , who was declared missing by the club’s coach Peter Bosz after he failed to report to training on Thursday, has been the subject of a failed bid by Barcelona, it has been revealed by the Bundesliga team.
“Ousmane Dembele was not in training today. We do not know why. We tried to reach him but we did not,” Bosz, who led Ajax to the UEFA Europa League final last season, told reporters on Thursday.
However, it has come to light that Dortmund rejected an offer from the La Liga club, according to a statement released by the club.
The 20-year-old missed training without permission on Thursday, with Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz telling a news conference the club had been unable to contact Dembele.
After missing Thursday's training session, speculation was rife that a move to Barcelona was imminent before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for €15m last year.
The statement read: "Borussia Dortmund has held talks with the Catalan football club FC Barcelona regarding the possible transfer of the BVB player Ousmane Dembele to FC Barcelona.
"During this meeting, the representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not match the player's extraordinary footballing ability or value to the club, nor the present economic market situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.
"As there is no other offer from FC Barcelona to date, there is currently no transfer of the player to FC Barcelona and this is not currently likely."
Dembele has been a target for Barcelona, who reportedly are willing to spend in excess of €100 million to get the Frenchman to replace Neymar who completed a world-record €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain last week.