Dembele deal '99 percent done': PSG coach Luis Enrique

AFP , Friday 11 Aug 2023

France international Ousmane Dembele's move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona is "99 percent" done, coach Luis Enrique said Friday.

Ousmane Dembele
FILE - FC Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele celebrates a goal against Real Madrid during the first half of a Champions Tour soccer match, Saturday, July 29, 2023 at AT T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo: AP


"Dembele is not yet a PSG player legally, 100 percent no, but 99 percent. There is still one paragraph left in the contract," the Spaniard told a pre-match press conference in Paris ahead of his team's Ligue 1 opener against Lorient on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Dembele, who was part of France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad, is not available to face Lorient at the Parc des Princes.

On Tuesday, Barca coach Xavi confirmed the departure of the forward, who would be the French champions' ninth summer signing, after defenders Milan Skriniar and Lucas Hernandez, midfielders Manuel Ugarte and Cher Ndour, forwards Marco Asensio, Lee Kang-in and Goncalo Ramos and goalkeeper Arnau Tenas.

PSG are bolstering their attacking options with the futures of stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar still uncertain.

Both Mbappe and Brazil star Neymar missed training on Friday.

Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is preparing for his first season in charge at PSG after replacing Christophe Galtier in July.

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