Barcelona's pursuit of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho is well documented but the stance of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool respectively, to not let go of their prized assets, has cast doubts on the Catalan club's chances of signing them.
General manager Pep Segura claimed in the wake of those defeats that Barcelona were on the verge of capturing not only Dembele but also Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, another whom they have keenly pursued this summer.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder went AWOL at the club in hopes of forcing a move to Barcelona, who have stated their interest in signing the France worldwide in the wake of Neymar's departure to Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking fee.
"We told him we'd allow him [to leave], but not after only a year". Either Barcelona pay the sum we ask for.
Watzke admitted the club's demands have increased due to Neymar's departure and also blamed Barcelona for Dembele going AWOL the day after they made their opening offer.
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Liverpool's owners, meanwhile, released a statement on Friday insisting they will not consider any offers for Coutinho, an announcement that was swiftly followed by reports the Brazil global had submitted a transfer request.
Dembele has emerged as the favourite to replace Neymar on Barca's left wing, but they have yet to agree a deal with Dortmund, prompting the young Frenchman to skip training without permission. If it is fulfilled, Dembélé will be transferred this summer.
'We can't accept €30m less than what we've asked for.
"We met with Barcelona officials on the Wednesday and our ideas were poles apart. Then it is possible, of course [that Dembele has a future in Dortmund]".