Barcelona are close to making Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player in history in a deal worth up to 150m euros (£138m).
German side Dortmund rejected a bid from Barca for the France forward, 20, earlier in August, with the player then suspended for missing training.
Dembele’s fee will place him second behind the 222m euros (£200m) Paris St-German paid Barca for Neymar in August.
The £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba is second.
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “We are on the way, but the way is not yet at an end.”
Dembele has not featured for Dortmund since the German Super Cup on 5 August.
He joined the Bundesliga side from Rennes for 15m euros (£13.8m) 12 months ago, having only made his professional debut in 2015.
Dembele has already made seven appearances for the France, scoring his first goal in a 3-2 win over England in June.