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Barcelona insists Arsenal target going nowhere

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Barcelona insist they have no plans to let Ousmane Dembele leave the club following reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Dembele joined Barcelona from Dortmund last summer but the 21-year-old’s lack of professionalism has not gone down well with the Catalan club with reports suggesting they are considering moving him on as early as January as a result.

The France international’s representatives met with the Barcelona board earlier this week as they look to resolve his off-field situation.

And following that meeting, Barca’s general manager Pep Segura says that there is no problem with Dembele and that he will remain at the Nou Camp.

Speaking to SER Radio, as reported by the Daily Mirror, Segura said:

“There is no problem with Dembele. He is very young and has never had to make an effort like the one he is doing now to adapt to Barca’s game.

“‘We recognise that it is hard for him and he also recognises it, but we’re working to change this situation as quickly as possible.

“Yes, we had a meeting, just like I met with three other representatives, but it’s normal, it’s part of my job, they’re natural things.”

Liverpool reportedly submitted an £85million bid for the attacker earlier in the week while reports in Spain claim Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is keeping tabs on his situation and remains a huge admirer of the youngster.

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