£97m Dembele set for Barcelona return

Written By: BBC

Ousmane Dembele injured a hamstring against Getafe on September 16

Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele could return to action this week after nearly four months out.

The 20-year-old France forward, who joined Barca for an initial £96.8m in August, injured a hamstring in just his third appearance for the club – against Getafe on September 16.

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Dembele, who had surgery in Finland, could return against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Leaders Barcelona then face Levante in La Liga on Sunday.

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Barca, who are nine points clear at the top of the table, will face Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League in February and March.

Dembele – who was signed from Borussia Dortmund – is the second-most expensive footballer of all time, and his fee could rise to £135.5m.

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Barcelona’s initial outlay was almost half the £200m they received from Paris St-Germain for Brazilian forward Neymar.

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