PSG interest could see Ousmane Dembele sold by Barcelona before transfer deadline

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Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘repeated’ interest in Ousmane Dembele means Barcelona could consider selling the French winger before the end of August.

Barca are reportedly ready to consider selling Dembele to PSG or any other club if the right offer comes in.

The transfer window for Premier League clubs is now closed, but other European teams can still buy and sell players until August 31.

PSG are ‘repeatedly’ pushing the France international’s agent over a possible move to the Parc des Princes, according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim Barca would not necessarily rule out a sale at this time.

Dembele is described in the report as being a firm favourite of new PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, who managed the player when they were together at Borussia Dortmund.

It was in Germany that Dembele established himself as one of the biggest young prospects in the world, earning himself a €105 million move to Barca last summer.

Things haven’t quite worked out for the 21-year-old in La Liga, however, with a combination of injuries and poor form affecting his first season with the club.

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Why Luis Enrique can't stop Barcelona star Gerard Pique from ending Spain career

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Spain centre-back Gerard Pique confirmed that not even the appointment of ex-Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has caused him to change his mind about retiring from Spain duty.

Pique, 31, was a key player when La Roja won World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. The last of 102 international run-outs came in disappointing fashion when hosts Russia knocked them out on penalties during World Cup 2018’s round of 16.

Former Barca supremo took over in the aftermath, ending a turbulent spell in which Fernando Hierro took temporary charge on the eve of the tournament after Julen Lopetegui was sacked for arranging a switch to Real Madrid.

“I talked to him (Enrique) a week or two ago. I told him that the decision was already made,” Pique said ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla.

Pique’s former Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta also stepped aside after Spain’s poor run at the World Cup.

“It was a great stage at the Euros and World Cup,” added Pique.

“I’m very happy to have participated in all these successes, but now I want to focus on Barca. I have three years left and the more the better.”

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Barcelona out to maintain domestic dominance with Supercopa success

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Barcelona will look to add yet another domestic trophy to their collection when they take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday.

In a break with tradition, the clash will be a one-off match played at the Stade Ibn Batoutain in Tangier, Morocco.

Sevilla must hope a change of country can help them upset the odds after a chastening 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey in April. With Barca having won both the league and the cup, Sevilla provide the opposition once again.

It is a familiar scenario given the only major Spanish honour Barca have not won in the last four seasons was the league title in 2017, where they lost out to Real Madrid.

They have been less dominant in the Supercopa, beating Sevilla in 2016 but losing to Athletic Bilbao in 2015 and Madrid 12 months ago.

The added complication for Sevilla is their involvement in Europa League qualifying, with Sunday’s match coming in the middle of their two legs against Lithuanian side Zalgiris.

New boss Pablo Machin, who left Girona to take over at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, said on sevillafc.es: “On Sunday we’ll play a final we’ve won the right to be at and we have to give it the importance it has.

“We will not reach 100 per cent. Being a team with a different way of playing we need some time, but the team is assimilating well and they are good and intelligent footballers.”

Lionel Messi is set to play his first match for Barca since being named Andres Iniesta’s successor as club captain and Ernesto Valverde must decide how many of his World Cup stars he throws into the mix.

Teenagers Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda have impressed in pre-season and could be involved, but Carles Alena and Denis Suarez are recovering from injury.

There was good news for Barca on the eve of the match, with Philippe Coutinho now classed as a European player thanks to his Portuguese wife, meaning Valverde could potentially give debuts to all of his new trio – Arthur Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal.

Malcom’s transfer from Bordeaux was controversial after the Catalan side nabbed him from under the noses of Roma and now the Brazilian cannot wait to get started.

He said on fcbarcelona.com: “Barca for me is more than a club. I feel privileged to be here. I want to win titles and be an idol like the great Brazilians who have been here.

“All players dream of playing with Barca. I didn’t imagine it would be so soon, but I knew I could fulfil my dream of playing here.”

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