Barcelona have propped up this year’s International Champions Cup table after a series of high-profile friendlies this summer between 18 of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Blaugrana recorded just two points from their three pre-season run-outs stateside, drawing their opener against Tottenham last month (before winning on penalties) and going down 4-2 to Serie A Roma in Texas.
An injury-time strike by AC Milan’s Andre Silva then sunk them in their final match.
It has to be said though that Barca’s work in the US heat was mainly done without a clutch of first-team stars, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, just two of several players who were afforded longer breaks after the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid finished sixth.
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What a tournament it has been! Congratulations, @SpursOfficial, you are this year’s International Champions Cup winners! 🏆🙌
— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 11, 2018
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.
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.”